Bonnie and Clyde: Take a Tour of the Infamous Couple’s Hideout in Joplin

by Charles Craighill

One of the most infamous outlaw couples in American history is Bonnie and Clyde. In their spree of killing between 1931 and 1934, the two murdered 12 people in cold blood. Three were civilians while a whopping nine were police officers. Bonnie and Clyde carried an arsenal of machine guns and weapons in their Ford Model T car, but the two most famous guns they had were Bonnie Parker’s .38 detective special and Clyde Barrow’s 1911 Colt .45.

Along their route between Oklahoma and Missouri, the pair of criminals had a hideout in Joplin, Missouri. The house still stands today, however, it has had a couple of makeovers. With that said, some of the original fixings still can be found in the old hideout. Check out the Joplin, Missouri hideout in this sweet video.

Tour the Bonnie and Clyde Hideaway

In Joplin, there are several historic sites and artifacts from the events of Bonnie and Clyde’s criminal run. For instance, the tombstones of both Calvin Campbell and another officer lie in the graveyard. The two criminals murdered both of these police officers in a shoot-out that occurred at the hideout.

At the museum in Joplin, the original door from that hideout remains preserved. The old bullet holes from the shootout also remain preserved in the door. Several other artifacts and historic pieces from the epic shootout are also kept safe in the Joplin museum.

Inside the Hideaway

At the hideout itself, much of the interior has changed. A new door and some shelving have replaced the spot where the bullet-riddled door once stood. Some new paintings and decorations seem to have replaced the vintage 1930s furniture, however, some of the original furnishings remain from Bonnie and Clyde.

For instance, the man in the video points out where a film camera was found after the break-in that contained many film photographs of Bonnie and Clyde. Also, the original bed seems to be in place still. The bathroom has seen little to no renovations since the infamous couple had their stay there.

One of the coolest parts of the hideaway is the place where carvings and bullet holes remain unchanged almost a century later. For instance, the hardwood floors show scarring from where either Bonnie or Clyde, perhaps out of boredom, looked like they threw a knife into the floor over and over. You can also make out what looks like the beginning of a carved name on the floor. However, that may just be a popping floorboard.

As the man in the video explains, the little, unassuming town of Joplin, MO holds some unexpected secrets. From Mickey Mantle’s childhood home to the site of a Bonnie and Clyde shootout, Joplin has more to it than meets the eye.