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Photo 1: C. M. Condon and Company Bank, Coffeyville, Kansas, 1892. [Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.
(Kansas State Historical Society)

By the 1890s, Coffeyville, Kansas, was a prosperous trading and milling center for a rich farming region. C. M. Condon and Co. was one of two banks in the town. The Condon bank was located in the Perkins Block, which housed professional offices and stores. The building was constructed in 1890 and occupied a prominent position on the plaza in the center of town. The two sides of the wedge-shaped building are brick and the elaborate details of the front are stamped metal.

Questions for Photo 1

1. Why do you think the residents of Coffeyville were proud of this building?

2. Why do you think the town might have needed two banks? Why might the Dalton's have selected Coffeyville for a robbery?

3. Study the image carefully. What can you learn about the time period? What can you learn about the town?

4. Why do you think Glass and Parker, photographers in Coffeyville, made a kind of postcard of this view?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 1, but be aware that the file will take as much as 32 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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