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Joplin, Missouri: Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Apartment

Bonnie and Clyde lived in this two-bedroom apartment above a garage for 12 days before five cops caught them in a shootout. The result: two dead cops. Bonnie and Clyde escaped.

3347 Oak Ridge Drive, Joplin, MO
On the north side of W. 34th St., two blocks west of Main St./Hwy 43, between Joplin Ave. and Oak Ridge Drive. It's a square stone building with two garage doors and a red entrance door facing the street. Privately owned, rented out, visible from street.
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Bullet hole.

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Apartment

Visited in September 2020 -- I got out of my car to look for the bullet holes and the owner walked up on me! I was mortified! Come to find out he was just a renter (a very nice renter who said he's used to the traffic), and is staying for a few months while writing a Bonnie and Clyde memoir. He let us poke around and gave us a lot of info on the home. The inside is mostly preserved to its time period (from the looks of it, 80-90%). The mailbox has its original address and the bullet holes were visible. You can rent the whole apartment for ~$80 a night last time I checked.

[Elizabeth Moldan, 10/05/2021]

Historical sign.

Bonnie and Clyde Garage Hideout

Bonnie and Clyde had holed up here for several months when the police arrived, thinking they were bootleggers. Then Bonnie and Clyde, along with three others that were staying there with them, opened fire, killing two police officers. This is now considered a historical landmark. To see it, go to 3347 Oak Ridge Drive and then turn left on the street next to the house. The garage is located behind the house.

[Lisa Burnine, 06/18/2021]

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Apartment.

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Apartment

Address was easily found via our GPS. House had a combo lock on the door, which made me think it's a rentable unit. Don't know. Definitely in great shape since it's been renovated. Would have enjoyed seeing the inside.

[Rose Howe, 11/26/2019]
Bonnie and Clyde Garage Hideout

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow lived over this garage for less than two weeks before their April 13, 1933, shootout with the authorities, who had been tipped off about their apartment hideout. Two officers died. Bonnie and Clyde escaped. It's a controversial historic site in Joplin because of the loss of the two police officers, but because of its historic significance it really needs to be remembered.

[Larry, 02/09/2018]

Bonnie and Clyde apartment.

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Apartment

Unique piece of history. Read the actual account by Blanche Barrow, the sister-in-law of Clyde. Museum was closed, but the story is true.

[James Peuster, 09/19/2011]

The infamous bank robbers lived over this garage for less than 2 weeks before the April 13, 1933 shootout with the authorities, who had been tipped off about the apartment hideout. Two officers died, and Bonnie and Clyde escaped. Plans to make this a museum seem to have halted, and it's being rented out due to the local housing shortage after the May 2011 Joplin tornado. Still visible from street.

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