Eva Dalton's home (Mrs. J.N. Whipple)
The Dalton Gang Hideout in Meade Kansas was the home of Mrs. J. N. Whipple from 1887 until 1892. Eva Whipple was the sister of Grat Dalton, Bob Dalton, and Emmett Dalton. The Dalton Gang was a notorious group of outlaws from 1890-1892, that robbed banks and trains.
Many people suspected Eva Dalton of hiding her brothers, but it wasn't until after she disappeared and there were new residents in the Whipple home, that a hidden tunnel between the home and less visible stable was found.
The Dalton Gang Hideout was developed as a tourist attraction in 1940, when the escape tunnel was rebuilt in a WPA project. The 3 foot dirt tunnel was replaced with a stone passageway that can be easily walked through. The Meade Chamber of Commerce took over the Dalton Hideout in 1970 and ran the Museum until the Meade County Historical Society took it over in 1995.
Today the Dalton Gang Hideout has a gift shop and modest museum in the barn. The museum has a wide variety of items including their rarest item, the preserved body of a two headed calf.
From the barn, visitors walk through the stone tunnel to Eva Dalton's home which is furnished with period furniture and has several newspaper articles and photos of the history of the Dalton Gang Hideout.
There have been indications that the Dalton Gang Hideout is haunted. They include unexplained noises and voices. But the most inexplicable experience involved books disappearing from the gift shop and later returning to the shelves.
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