Barrington, Illinois: Baby Face Nelson's Last Gunfight

Public Enemy No. 1 Baby Face Nelson died after a gun battle on this spot on November 27, 1934. He was shot 17 times, but managed to kill the two FBI agents who shot him.
Lions Drive, Barrington, IL
Northwest of downtown. From US Hwy 14/W. Northwest Hwy, turn south just west of the McDonald's onto Lions Drive. Drive to the stop sign and turn left. After you turn left, you'll see a flagpole on the right; the plaque is next to it, bolted to a rock.
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Battle of Barrington Plaque.

Battle of Barrington Plaque

A bloody shootout between the FBI and gangster Baby Face Nelson took place at this now-serene location. According to a plaque on a rock, two FBI agents tried to arrest Public Enemy #1 Baby Face Nelson on November 27, 1934. The gun battle followed on this spot, ending with the deaths of all three men.

[Emily R., 09/24/2016]

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