In 1923, recreational automobile travel was still new enough to be considered special and exciting. This small and carefully annotated photo album documents a family’s car adventures throughout Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. It was a different time; oil wells were considered novelties and skunks were huggable pets. And as always, crazy weather was lurking: twisters, sandstorms and 114 degree temperatures.
Included are a few touristy shots taken in Coffeyville, Kansas, of a cemetery and “Death Alley” – the scene of the final shoot out of the Dalton Gang, specialists in bank and train robberies. Bo Dalton, the gang’s leader, had an obsession with rival Jesse James and vowed to beat him by simultaneously robbing two banks in broad daylight. On October 5, 1892, he recklessly did so – the gang wore fake beards and robbed two banks directly across the street from one another. Bo died with three others in the resulting gunfight.