Overkill in Rural Louisiana
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 14: Monroe, LA, to Bossier City, LA
|BONNIE PARKER WAS |
AN AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER.
Though not particularly effective as robbers, Bonnie and Clyde had famously been on the run for two years, dodging law enforcement officials and becoming folk heroes to a populace discouraged by the Great Depression and in desperate need of distraction. The allure of these two poor kids from the slums of west Dallas continues unabated, and the small Louisiana towns central to their deaths have capitalized on their appeal.
With little else of interest along our route on US-80 through Louisiana, we decided to check out a few Bonnie and Clyde sights today. Our first stop was in Arcadia (pop. 2,912), county seat of Bienville Parish where the pair met their demise.
The bullet-riddled corpses of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were still in their death car when it was towed eight miles from the ambush site south of Gibsland to the town of Arcadia, where the parish coroner operated out of Conger's Furniture Store and Funeral Parlor. While he labored to autopsy and embalm the couple, a crowd of relic-seekers ripped the car apart for souvenirs. According to some reports, mobs of people broke the store's plate glass windows, ruining the furniture inventory in an attempt to get near the legendary outlaws and obtain a souvenir lock of hair or shred of blood-stained clothing.
|THE DEPOT MUSEUM IN ARCADIA|
|THE AMBUSH MUSEUM WAS OWNED UNTIL RECENTLY BY THE SON OF A MEMBER OF THE POSSE.|
|LOTS OF ITEMS ON EXHIBIT; HOW MANY ARE AUTHENTIC IS DEBATABLE.|
|LOTS OF RED PAINT WENT INTO THE MAKING OF THIS DISPLAY.|
|NOT MUCH HERE, BUT IT'S FREE.|
On Monday, we will most definitely make our way to Texas, hoping to take in some sights around Dallas. Maybe we'll even visit the grave sites of Bonnie and Clyde.
SATURDAY, 26 NOVEMBER, & SUNDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, 2016
• Ended in: Bossier City, LA
• Miles driven: 128 (trip: 2,141)
• Weather: 47° to 50°, overcast
• Letterboxes: Found 6, Planted 1 (trip: F31, P8)
• Walked: 5.1 (trip: 32.5)
• States: LA (trip: 4)
• Counties: 4 (trip: 67)
• Towns: 13 (trip: 132)
• Gas: $2.279 (premium), Monroe, LA
• Bonnie and Clyde sites: 5
Loved: Meeting the other Bonnie and Clyde, a couple of donkeys we befriended along the way.
Lacking: Authenticity in the Bonnie and Clyde artifacts and stories
Learned: That BonQuiQui is alive and well and training employees at the McDonald's in Ruston, LA. Just to see how far it would go, we stood in line for 7 minutes being ignored by multiple idle employees on duty before one decided to take our order.
|RISEN FROM THE ASH|
More Photos from Today
|ONE OF MANY VACANT COMMERCIAL BLOCKS IN SMALL TOWNS IN THE SOUTH.|
|BLUE HERON SCULPTURE APPEARS TO SIT ATOP OUR CAR IN WEST MONROE, LA.|
|MAIN ENTRANCE TO GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAMBLING, LA.|
|CLYDE AND BONNIE, THE DONKEYS WE MET NEAR A WEYERHAEUSER PLANT IN ARCADIA.|
|HUGE CRANE AT THE WEYERHAEUSER PLANT.|