Dexter Museum

Bonnie and Clyde Shootout Souvenirs

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Dexter, Iowa

Bonnie and Clyde and their gang had been camping in an abandoned park, recovering from an earlier shootout, when they were ambushed on July 24, 1933, by a posse from the nearby town of Dexter. Every member of Bonnie and Clyde's gang left this firefight either wounded or dying. Blanche Barrow was captured and thrown into jail, a significant loss since she was the gang's photographer.

A display case in the Dexter Museum is devoted to the shootout, featuring a famous photo of a wailing Blanche Barrow, a radiator cap from one of Bonnie and Clyde's stolen cars, and a limb from a hickory tree scarred by bullets that was later turned into a walking stick. The museum also has a 4 x 8 wall map with red dots that mark all of Bonnie and Clyde's many shootout sites.

Bonnie and Clyde's 1933 Ford Radiator Cap

Despite both being wounded, Bonnie and Clyde carried on as outlaws for another ten months before finally dying in a hail of bullets in a Louisiana ambush.

Bonnie and Clyde Shootout Souvenirs

Dexter Museum

Marshall St., Dexter, IA
Dexter Museum. Downtown, on the east side of Marshall St., a block-and-a-half south of Hwy 925/State St. Small brick building, standing alone, with museum sign above the door.
May-Oct. Su 1-3 or by appt (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
Donations welcomed
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