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Near McKinney in Collin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ambush at McKinney

 
 
Ambush at McKinney Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 21, 2021
1. Ambush at McKinney Marker
Inscription.  

In the early 1930s, the Barrow gang committed robberies and other crimes across the country. Although the gang was infamous for its leaders, Bonnie and Clyde, two other members, Raymond Hamilton and Ralph Fults, were equally dangerous. In 1935, after Bonnie and Clyde had been killed, Hamilton and Fults robbed the Beaumont Armory and hid their loot with a bootlegger near McKinney. On Feb. 24, 1935, the two men drove through Collin County to pick up the stolen goods. As they crossed a culvert off of the highway north of McKinney, they were ambushed by Collin County officers. Although Hamilton was shot, they both managed to escape, abandoning their stolen Ford coupe in Weston.
 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17249.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1935.
 
Location. 33° 15.137′ N, 96° 36.25′ W. Marker is near McKinney, Texas, in Collin County. Marker is at the intersection of North McDonald Street and Lacore Lane, on the right when traveling
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south on North McDonald Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melissa TX 75454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McLarry Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Wilmeth-McKinney Homestead (approx. 1.7 miles away); McKinney (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gus Wilson (approx. 2.4 miles away); Melissa Cemetery (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Paul Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Melissa School (approx. 3 miles away); First Baptist Church of Melissa (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McKinney.
 
Ambush at McKinney Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jesse Nelsen, April 21, 2021
2. Ambush at McKinney Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,222 times since then and 407 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 21, 2024