This location is about a mile from my house. I'm betting that 99% of the folks living around here have no clue that this brutal killing of two Texas Highway Patrol officers occurred near their safe, quiet, suburban homes.
The event occurred on Easter Sunday 1934 and is well documented in print and by Hollywood. Two motorcycle officers received a report from a farmer that a wild, drunken party was going on where the Old Denton Road crossed Kirkwood Branch. A man and woman were drinking from a half-gallon jug and were making obscene gestures at anyone who passed by. As the lawmen approached the parked Ford, they were both struck in the faces with buckshot. Bonnie Parker used a 20ga. sawed-off double, and Clyde Barrow had a 16ga. pump repeater. Fingerprints on the jug ID'd both of them to the scene.
Here is the spot where the shooting took place - just beyond where the road narrows to two lanes:
Looking back in the direction that the officers approached from, you see a 6-lane freeway. Back then, there was only a Cotton Belt railroad spur along that route.
Officer Wheeler left a widow who was able to show up at the 1996 dedication ceremony of the monument - and graciously upstaged the mouthy, unapologetic relatives of Clyde Barrow. This is a brief story about the incident and the remainder her life:
I recently saw another thread that mentioned a Bonnie and Clyde festival in Arcadia, La. I hope that they celebrate the fact that they got what was comin' to 'em!