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Near Wellington in Collingsworth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde
 
The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker Photo, Click for full size
December 10, 2007
1. The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker
 
Inscription. On June 10, 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pritchard and family saw from their home on the bluff (west) the plunge of an auto into Red River. Rescuing the victims, unrecognized as Bonnie Parker and Clyde and Buck Barrow, they sent for help. Upon their arrival, the local sheriff and police chief were disarmed by Bonnie Parker. Buck Barrow shot Pritchard's daughter while crippling the family car to halt pursuit. Kidnapping the officers, the gangsters fled. Bonnie and Clyde were fated to meet their death in 1934. In this quiet region, the escapade is now legend.
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4218.)
 
Location. 34° 57.367′ N, 100° 13.267′ W. Marker is near Wellington, Texas, in Collingsworth County. Marker is on U.S. 83, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. On the south side of the red River Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Wellington TX 79095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Lutie School (approx. 4.6 miles away); Nicholson School (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Regarding The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde. Pritchard's daughter, Gladys Pritchard Cartwright, was shot through the hand and survived.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Persons
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2009. This page has been viewed 3,394 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on February 19, 2009. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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