TEXARKANA CONNECTION

Following the slayings of Highway Patrolmen
E.B. Wheeler and H.D. Murphy in Grapevine Texas,
Bonnie and Clyde along with Henry Methvin,
were spotted in and around the Texarkana area.


John Pecorella remembered the day that Bonnie, Clyde and Henry came into Texarkana.
Clyde had pulled up in front of the Hotel Grim located in downtown Texarkana, Texas on
State Line Ave. In 1934 the Grim was the "Crown Jewel" of Texarkana, hosting many parties
for the rich With elegant rooftop gardens. It featured many big name bands and dancing.
The Grim was the "in" place in Texarkana at that time.

It was also known to host illegal card games for the highrollers of the 30's. Bonnie was
inside the Grim eating a sandwich, while Clyde and Henry Methvin waited outside in their
car. After a while Clyde had become edgy and sent Henry Methvin inside to fetch her.

Bonnie was at the counter eating a sandwich when Henry entered and pretended to be reading
a magazine. When Bonnie and Henry made eye contact, she then knew that it was time to leave.
An employee at the Grim had recognized Bonnie from a magazine photograph she had seen of her.

It is believed that the outlaw trio had also robbed the National Guard Armory in Texarkana.
They proceeded north for approximately 5 miles on State Line Ave which is also US Hwy 71.
They were seen getting drinks at a roadstop at the intersection of US Hwy 71 & Sugar Hill Rd.
Later they were seen entering into northeastern Oklahoma.






HOTEL GRIM 1925
The Hotel Grim included a cafe where Bonnie was reputed to have eaten.







HOTEL GRIM BUILDING - TODAY





EARLY HOTEL GRIM POSTCARD









VINTAGE HOTEL GRIM MATCH PACK







VINTAGE HOTEL GRIM MATCH PACK







someoldguy.blogspot.com





INDEX TOLL BRIDGE


On U.S. Hwy 71 North. In 1934 it was called the "Index Toll Bridge" charging motorist
twenty-five cents to cross. A very narrow steel structure with a section that would raise up
allowing the river traffic to pass beneath it. Bonnie, Clyde and Methvin crossed the
Index Toll Bridge, but forgot to pay the twenty-five cents.



CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE
Phillip Young - contributor





BACK TO MURPHY AND WHEELER PAGE




CAMPBELL KILLING FOLLOWS