tourist attraction, the Dalton Gang Hideout, was formerly the home of Eva Dalton
Whipple, sister to the infamous Dalton Gang. Eva Dalton came to Meade in the mid
1880's, and was married to J.N. Whipple, a Meade merchant, in 1887. Whipple
built the house which still stands at the corner of Pearlette and Green
Streets in Meade for his bride. Years after the couple left Meade a deep rain
wash covered with timbers and earth was discovered; a tunnel from the house to
the barn built into the hillside below. Legend has it the tunnel was used by the
gang to come and go undetected by the law.
in 1940 the Meade
Chamber of Commerce purchased the old Whipple property and the
Dalton Gang Hideout became one of the first tourist attractions in
Southwest Kansas. Much of the landscaping and improvements were
accomplished by the use of WPA labor. These crews built the rock retaining walls and NYA crews
reconstructed the tunnel and barn. Rock for the projects was quarried from the
Clark Ranch east of Meade. The park was completed two years later in March,
Since that time,
hundreds of thousands of visitors have taken the eerie trip down
the 95-foot-long tunnel to explore Eva Dalton's house which is furnished as it
would have been in her day. The barn serves as an entrance to the attraction and
houses a gift shop on the ground floor and museum artifacts in the loft.
Handicap accessible restrooms as well as a shady park are available on the
At the south end of the Hideout
park you will find "Old Town" a wild west town facade built
for historical reenactments and gunfight competitions. Kids love to pose for
photos behind the bars of the jail or in the old casket propped up
on the undertaker's wall.
Just up the hill from the
Hideout barn is the
Heritage House, a wonderful old home
furnished as it was in the 1890's. There's lots to see a do at the
Dalton Gang Hideout... plan to stay awhile!
Dalton Gang Hideout is open year round.
is located 4 blocks south of Hwy 54 at 502 S. Pearlette St.
(truck & RV parking available)
Open Monday - Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 1-5.
Admission is $5.00
We have an excellent book about the Dalton Gang Hideout and
Eva Dalton Whipple's life in Meade, Kansas, called The Dalton Gang and
Their Family Ties. The book contains excellent Dalton
family genealogy as well as interesting stories relating to the infamous gang
that can be found nowhere else. The book can be purchased at the Hideout or
on-line at www.prairiebooks.com.
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