“That dirty little coward that

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:15 am

That dirty little coward that shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.” Or, maybe not. The body of J. Frank Dalton, who died in 1951 claiming to be Jesse James, is being exhumed for testing to see if it really was. Did he fake his death in 1882 and live to be 104? We’ll know in three months or so. One of the James’ Gang’s hideouts was Meramac Caverns, just a few miles down the interstate from my Missouri hometown. If you take the tour, they’ll show you “Loot Rock,” where they divvied up the gold. You know, the caverns has advertising painted on every other barn from Utah to Ohio, but I can’t find a single official website. Hrmph.


  1. well, i think that the body in granbury cemetery is that of jesse james, my great grandad was present when j. dalton died in granbury and he says taht dalton showed him bullet holes and wounds that were the same as the ones to be on jesse’s body, if anyone has any info on them redoing the DNA testing of the grave in granbury then please email me.

    Comment by leslie — 10/6/2002 @ 12:10 pm

  2. I know Jessie I dream of him often.

    Comment by Anonymous — 10/13/2002 @ 9:47 am

  3. I have a letter that I bought from an antique store written by Lee Hawk for Jesse James. Enclosed was a picture of Jesse and other things. The letter was stamped with the date 1948.

    Comment by Diane — 4/12/2003 @ 1:22 am

  4. Meramec Caverns official website is americascave.com

    Comment by Bill Schatz — 11/13/2003 @ 10:02 am

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