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Dalton Days: guns, games and good times

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:18pm

East Texans had the opportunity to travel back in time Saturday to remember one of the bloodiest shootouts in our state's history. Every year, the Gregg County Historical Museum holds Dalton Days, a fun, family-friendly event that reenacts the infamous Longview National Bank robbery.

The first Dalton Days took place in 1994 to educate the public on the infamous robbery and now it is a family tradition.

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words," said Gregg County Historical Museum executive director Raina Howerton. "When you come out here you get to learn about history and see it happening before your eyes. We have professional enactors who come out that do a great job for us and you're learning about history and what actually happened here in Gregg County and it's just really fun, we love it."

Every year East Texans gather to watch the reenactment of May 23, 1894 when the Dalton gang robbed the First National Bank.

"This is one of the biggest gunfights in East Texas and a lot of people don't know that," Howerton said.

"Over 200 rounds were fired and it became one of the bloodiest gun battles in Texas history," said Guy Walker, one of the enactors.

Saturday's event also included a variety of events for children including: a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, games and a photo booth.

"This is strictly volunteerism for the community and love and passion for the history and arts of Longview, Texas," said volunteer Jason Baker. "And that's why were here and it's so important that we continue this on for generations to come."

For more information on the Gregg County Historical Museum please visit http://www.gregghistorical.org/.

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