Sign for the Bonnie and Clyde Death Car.

Bonnie and Clyde Bloody Adventure Trail

If you could jump into a time machine, would it be cool to hang out for a day with Bonnie and Clyde? Maybe -- but by dinnertime they might beat you or kidnap you or kill you, they would probably take your money, and they'd definitely steal your car.

Bonnie and Clyde with their Death Hats.
Bonnie and Clyde with their Death Hats.

Bonnie and Clyde enjoyed being famous and dangerous, and their lengthy trail of bad driving, wild shootouts, and frequent robberies has spawned an ever-growing number of roadside markers and museum displays. It also poses a problem for those who want to memorialize America's most infamous lovebird sociopaths. For decades Bonnie and Clyde were simply off-limits; now they're accepted as historical figures worth remembering, but only if it's made clear that they were murderous scum.

Bonnie and Clyde's foes may have hoped that people would eventually forget the outlaw lovers, but it hasn't turned out that way. Bonnie and Clyde's Death Car, for example, routinely registers among RoadsideAmerica.com's most popular attractions -- and there's plenty more B&C to see.

Even museums with vaguely intersecting ranges of interest -- such as Historic Auto Attractions, the Texas Prison Museum, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Crime Museum, and the Henry Ford Museum -- make certain to have Bonnie and Clyde artifacts on display.

Clyde dummy in Primm, NV.
Clyde dummy in Primm, NV.

Our custom pushpin map of Bonnie and Clyde runs like a zipper up America's midsection, with posthumous relics tossed as far afield as Las Vegas and Washington, DC -- two cities synonymous with lawbreakers. This kind of geo-specificity would have been welcomed by Depression-era law enforcement officers, who were always one step behind the ever-elusive lovey-dovey crime duo.

In fact, it was similar obsessive tracking that led a posse to Gibsland, Louisiana, where on May 23, 1934, they put a bloody end to Bonnie and Clyde -- and, in the aftermath, spawned a handful of local Bonnie and Clyde attractions.

Also see: The 6 Death Cars of Bonnie and Clyde

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