Welcome to the latest edition of This Month in Oklahoma History — the informative blog series from your favorite community of Owasso apartments. There have been very few dull days in Oklahoma history, and that’s especially true for the month of July. Something about the sweltering summer heat makes things happen in Oklahoma, which could be why this month has been filled with daring robberies, escaped outlaws, and historical moments at the state’s prisons.
Without further delay, let’s take a look at the list of historical moments! When you’re done reading through this post, please be sure to share the link to this page with your friends and neighbors at 98 Apartments Owasso.
July 5th, 1896 — Outlaw Bill Doolin Escapes from an Oklahoma Jail
Bill Doolin was originally from Arkansas, and it was in Arkansas that he was captured by William Tilghman, a famous Oklahoma lawman. Doolin was cooling off in the waters of Eureka Springs in the Ozarks when he was captured and subsequently brought back to Guthrie, Oklahoma. He wouldn’t be in Guthrie long, however, and would escape the jail after just a few months of waiting to be put on trial.
Doolin escaped and fled to Lawson Oklahoma, but that’s where his story would end. On August 25th — less than 2 months after he’d escaped jail — Doolin was gunned down by lawmen after resisting arrest.
July 14th, 1892 — Dalton Gang Train Robbery
Train robberies used to be some of the most daring crimes that outlaws could hope to commit Only well-organized gangs could pull them off, and the Dalton’s were one of the most prolific outlaw gangs Oklahoma has ever seen. On the night of July 14th, 1892, 8 members of the Dalton Gang robbery forced a trains station operator to flag down the Missouri-Kansas-Texas train as it approached a station near what is now Adair, OK.
When the train came to a stop, the gang members boarded the train and held up the conductor and the train employees in the safe car. They busted open the door to the safe, and were loading up their loot when a gunfight broke out between cops at the night station and other members of the gang. When the smoke cleared, all the bandits had gotten away unscathed.
July 16th, 2015 — President Obama visits Oklahoma Correctional Institution
Oklahoma has had its fair share of historic moments from the wild west days, but the last notable event on our list happened just 3 years ago. When President Obama stepped foot inside the Federal Correctional Institution El Reno, he became the first sitting president to visit a U.S. prison. He sat down with inmates, saw inside prison cells, and made history right here in Oklahoma.
Those are all the notable historic dates we’ve got for you this week, residents! As always, we greatly appreciate those of you that have been coming back month after month to read the latest brand new blogs about Oklahoma history. We hope that this week’s post helps you gain a greater appreciation for the role Oklahoma has played in shaping American history!
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