Near Clarkson in Columbiana County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Death of Pretty Boy Floyd
In these fields, formerly the site of the Ellen Conkle farm, notorious Depression-Era desperado Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd met his death at the hands of federal agents and members of the East Liverpool Police Department on October 22, 1934.
Floyd's criminal career as a bank robber, who reputedly committed a dozen murders, mostly police officers, caused him to be designated "Public Enemy No. 1" only three months earlier by J. Edgar Hoover.
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Believed to be returning to his home in the Cookson Hills of Oklahoma after a year of hiding, Floyd and his partner, Adam Richetti, had attracted the attention of local police near Wellsville, Ohio. A shoot-out ensued, resulting in Richetti's capture and Floyd's escape.
Agent Melvin Purvis supervised the three-day manhunt, which ended here when eight lawmen ended Floyd's life of violence. "Pretty Boy's" body was placed on public display in East Liverpool before being returned to Oklahoma for burial.
Erected 1993 by East Liverpool
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 40° 42.85′ N, 80° 35.3′ W. Marker is near Clarkson, Ohio, in Columbiana County. Marker is on Sprucevale Road (County Highway 428) 1.3 miles north of Spruce Court, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in Beaver Creek State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Liverpool OH 43920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dustin Huffman Memorial Overlook (approx. ¾ mile away); Little Beaver Creek (approx. 1½ miles away); Beaver Creek (approx. 1½ miles away); Lock 36 (approx. 1½ miles away); Thomas J. Malone Bridge / Gaston's Mill (approx. 1½ miles away); First Paper Mill / Little Beaver Creek Bridge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Riverview Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); New Salem Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.6 miles away in Pennsylvania).
More about this marker. Sign also contains multiple indents from apparent bullets, ironic?
Also see . . .
1. The Death of Pretty Boy Floyd. East Liverpool Historical Society (Submitted on January 26, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd at FindAGrave.com(Submitted on February 3, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Additional keywords. outlaws and renegades
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 5,709 times since then and 351 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week October 19, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on January 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on April 15, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 4, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.