Bonnie and Clyde Embalmed Here

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Arcadia, Louisiana

Bonnie and Clyde's corpses were still in their death car on May 23, 1934 when it was towed eight miles to Arcadia, where the parish coroner operated out of Conger's Furniture Store and Funeral Parlor. While he labored to autopsy and embalm the outlaws, a crowd of relic-seekers ripped the car apart for souvenirs.

Arcadia wanted nothing to do with the memory of Bonnie and Clyde for many years. The mortuary eventually became a pizzeria and then was bulldozed into a vacant lot. But in 2010 the town turned the lot into the Sheriff Henderson Jordan Park, named for a local lawman who was part of the posse that ambushed the car. A bronze plaque praises him and the others who shot to pieces the "notorious outlaws" Bonnie and Clyde, who had killed 13 people during a "four year crime spree."

Across the street, the Bienville Depot Museum displays a small exhibit on Bonnie and Clyde. But despite the souvenir-hunting of Arcadia's townspeople, it has no relics.

Bonnie and Clyde Embalmed Here

Address:
N. Railroad Ave., Arcadia, LA
Directions:
Downtown. From US Hwy 80/1st St. turn south at the stoplight (church on corner) onto N. Hazel St. Drive a half-block, then turn right, just before the train tracks. You'll see the park and bronze marker on the right.
Admission:
Free
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