Joplin, Missouri is rich in history. One of the most noted locations in Joplin's history is a small garage apartment rented by the notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The exact location of their shootout with the law that resulted in the tragic deaths of two peace officers.
Clyde Barrow, Bonnie Parker, Buck & Blanche Barrow and William Daniel Jones rented the apartment April 1, 1933. Their stay ended in a shootout on April 13th.
The hideout has been featured in a BBC Time Line documentary aired on the National Geographic Channel. Soon after, it was added to the National Registory of Historic Places. The charming stone garage apartment was restored and beautifully decorated in 1930's era decor with all the comforts of home by a local pastor, Phillip McClendon and his wife, in hopes of turning it into a bed and breakfast. The charming rock garage apartment hosted many historians, notable authors and Barrow Gang family members. Cick here to read past guest comments about their stay at the historic hideout.
The owner's goal was to preserve not only the historic apartment and it's history, but to share the history with future generations so they may learn from the tragic mistakes made in the past. Due to the May 2011 Tornado that devistated Joplin, there was a lack of housing so the owners have leased the apartment out on a long term lease as a private residence.
This website was originally built for the owners to help them in their quest to preserve the history. Although guests may no longer stay at the apartment, it can be seen from the road. This site, now in it's new location, will continue to share the history and a glimpse inside the historic hideout. I will continue to post any updates in regards to this historic apartment.
- Debborah Moss
Please note that the header graphic is a composite photo made expressly for
this website and not an actual photo of the gang in front of the apartment.