Gibsland, Louisiana: Bonnie and Clyde Death SiteWhere America's favorite outlaw lovebirds were riddled with dozens of bullets by hidden lawmen. A new, more vandal-proof marker was added in 2014 that shifts emphasis to the posse over the lawbreakers.
- Hwy 154, Gibsland, LA
- From Gibsland, drive south 2.5 miles on Hwy 154. Turn right to stay on Hwy 154 (If you go straight you'll be on Hwy 517. If you pass the Springfield Baptist Church you've driven too far). Follow Hwy 154 another 5.5 miles. You'll see the monument on the right.
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According to some of the long time locals, the two Ambush Site monuments sit approximately 30 feet north of where they originally were erected. They were moved when the road was widened, had the grading lowered, and foliage clearance was cut on both sides. This was pointed out to me by a resident of Gibsland while I was visiting the site.[Richard Riddle, 02/25/2017]
The older monument may have been moved at some point in the past, but the newer monument has always been in its same spot; it was added to the site in 2014.
I visited both the museum and the ambush site. Reading the book by Hinton, and reviewing the photographs at the museum, I doubt that where the monuments are is the spot where Bonnie and Clyde's car came to a stop after the hail of bullets riddled both of them. I think that the monuments are directly across from where the law officers were laying in wait for Clyde's car to idle to a stop before initiating fire. According to Hinton's account in his book, the car rolled forward about 40 yards before crashing into the ditch and embankment on the same side of the road that the officers were hiding.[melvin holt, 09/05/2016]
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Site
I have always wanted to go see the area in which the ambush took place. I'm glad that I went, but I'm deeply disturbed that there had been so many who have felt the need to vandalize the monument. It's not as though Bonnie and Clyde put it there themselves! Very disrespectful.
Not much of anything available for souvenirs at either of the two Bonnie and Clyde Museums in Gibsland, but both places are worth a visit. I'm going to try and make it to the festival this year. Perhaps then there will be souvenirs available.[John F, 02/03/2015]
This seems to get periodically cleaned of less permanent defacing.
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Site
Our GPS steered us wrong, so look at your odometer when trying to find the markers where Bonnie and Clyde were shot in an ambush (They're about eight miles south of the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum). There is an older, shot up, tombstone-looking stone marker, and a newer podium-style marker with the story of the ambush.[Kim G., 01/04/2015]
The new monument was erected in 2014 (the 80th anniversary of the ambush) with more of a focus on the "good guy" posse than the previous monument. The older monument has been blasted and hacked at for decades by those driven crazy by Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie and Clyde Death Site
Great for photo opp![Kelli Ashlock, 07/01/2014]
A excellent place to make a history lesson lodge in the minds of children.