Oklahoma’s notorious outlaws from before Statehood through the 1950’s are the subject of an exhibit soon to be appearing at the Catoosa Historical Society Museum.
Wanted: Dead or Alive features photographic images of some of Oklahoma's most infamous criminals, While there may be a few familiar names, such as the Doolin and Dalton Gangs and Ma Barker, the exhibit showcases stories that might not be as well know.
Visitors will learn about whiskey towns, the Tulsa Central Park Gang, Spencer State Bank, Wanda Bartram, Ralph Roe and many more. Many of the people featured were born and raised in Oklahoma or moved here and began their lives of crime.
The exhibit is slated for the Catoosa Historical Museum from June 7 through August 9, 2021. The museum, located at 217 South Cherokee Street in Catoosa, will be open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (excluding July 3) from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is free.
“Sometimes, the stories are not so much about the location, as they are the individual,” said Teresa McAfee-O’Donnell, President of the Catoosa Historical Society which is sponsoring the exhibit. “Although many of the stories feature despicable characters, others tell of people whose lives went temporarily astray.”
Some of the accounts include strange twists and turns and there is even an unsolved mystery.
The exhibit was developed by the Oklahoma Historical Society incorporating images from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the University of Oklahoma Western History collection, the National Archives and the Oklahoma Historical Society.