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Near Wellington in Collingsworth County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde

 
 
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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° 57.565′ N, 100° 13.341′ W. Marker is near Wellington, Texas, in Collingsworth County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 83, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. From Wellington, take U.S. 83 north about 8 miles to park on north side of Red River; marker located just inside entrance to park. Marker is in this post office area: Wellington TX 79095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quanah Parker Trail (a few steps from this marker); Rocking Chair "Ranche" (a few steps from
The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
2. The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker
this marker); Site of Lutie School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Collingsworth County (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Methodist Church of Wellington (approx. 7.2 miles away); Methodism in Collingsworth County (approx. 7.2 miles away); O'Neil Building (approx. 7.2 miles away); Collingsworth County Hospital (approx. 7.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wellington.
 
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
 
The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
3. The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde Marker
Quanah Parker Trail Arrow and Red River bridge in background.
 
 
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