Longview’s annual Dalton Days will have extra fire power this year, when it returns to the Longview Rodeo Arena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13. This year’s event features the return of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and its fast-riding, fast-shooting competition.
The Gregg County Historical Museum presents Dalton Days each year, with reenactments of the May 23, 1894, robbery of the First National Bank by Bill Dalton and three members of his gang. Dalton Days was first staged in Longview in 1994, when the museum held its first re-enactment of the shootout that left three people dead, including one of the gang members. About 200 shots were fired during one of the Old West’s biggest shootouts.
Dalton Days showcases Longview’s history and the bravery of its residents, who rallied to help after the first shots were fired, according to event chairwoman Mary Ramos. The city of Longview’ Cultural Activities Advisory Commission provides a grant that helps the museum produce the event each year.
Dalton Days includes a variety of activities for the entire family. Longview World of Wonders, an organization working to build a hands-on children’s discovery center in Longview, assists the museum by providing children’s activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and games. Hands-on roping demonstrations will be provided by Tommy Bishop with Rockin’ TK Performance Horses and Pony Express.
The Dalton Days stage will showcase the Hill Climbers, an old-time country and country gospel group; and members of the East Texas Chapter of the Christian Songwriters Association.
WHEN: Dalton Days, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13
WHERE:Longview Rodeo Arena, next to the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center off
WHAT: *Re-enactments of the 1894 Dalton Gang robbery of the First National Bank in Longview
* Children’s activities offered in conjunction with Longview World of Wonders, including pony rides,
bounce houses and a petting zoo
* Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition, Adults and Youth
* Tennis Ball Toss benefitting Safe Haven
TICKETS: Adults — $6 in advance, $8 at the gate; Children ages 3 -12 — $4 in advance and at the gate; Children ages 2 and younger — free
AVAILABLE AT: The Gregg County Historical Museum, America’s Country Store/Jake’s Feed, Louis Morgan Drugs No. 4, Horaney’s Feed Store