Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Marking Time #29 - Bonnie & Clyde

Notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde left a trail of chaos in their wake until their grisly deaths.  Their final resting places are in the North Texas area near where their lives and criminal careers began.  Although they lived and died together they are not buried together so our first stop is Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas:

It's west of downtown Dallas and has a history all it's own:

The marker reads:

"Located on part of the original William Coombes survey, burials in this cemetery date to the 1850s. Originally known as Troth, it was formally dedicated in 1881, when land was set aside for a "graveyard forever" by Z. E. Coombes and W. R. Fisher. Pioneers interred here include W. R. Fisher, Z. E. Coombes, John and Rosina Loupot, Mary Ellen Cole Tuggle, and Heinrich and Anna Struck. Also buried here are verterans of the Civil War and World Wars I and II, and Clyde and Buck Barrow. Trinity Oaks Church of Christ maintains the historic cemetery."

Clyde's grave is typically adorned with booze bottles, shotgun shells and cigarettes but when I went there were just a few plastic flower arrangements:

Bonnie's grave is Crown Hill Memorial Park about 10 miles to the north.  Apparently she also has some posthumous fans who tend to her grave.  On the day I went a lone cigarette was placed about the headstone:

So there you have the final resting place of two notorious nogoodniks and cultural icons.

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