B&W photograph taken by Blanche Barrow


Click on color photographs to view larger scans

photo (taken Feb. 22, 2007) courtesy of Kristy Hull

see recent photo of the old Star Service Station

photo (taken Feb. 22, 2007) courtesy of Kristy Hull

The Freeman Home

Seen in the above photo (on the left) is the 1933 home of Paul Freeman, who rented out his apartment to the Barrow gang

Across the street view

In the above photo, is the view looking out of the Barrow Joplin apartment


Smokey and the Bandit - "Eastbound and Down" lyrics by the Late Jerry Reed
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin',
we're gonna do what they say can't be done.
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run.
Barrow went eastbound and down from his Hideout and turned right on Main Street to escape.


This rare view from the rear image came from Winston Ramsey's book
"On The Trail Of Bonnie & Clyde - Then and Now." It was a B&W image
and I wanted to display it here in "color." That's where my good friend
Charles Flynn came in and did his magic for me in bringing it to you.


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Interior images courtesy of Rick Mattix

Since the time Kristy's February photos first appeared in the Hideout, owner Phillip McClendon
advised me that he had replaced the garage doors back to their originial look. They were a gift from
another apartment in Joplin, which was built about the same time as the Oak Ridge Drive apartment.
Kudos to Phillip McClendon for his efforts to preserve this historical Bonnie and Clyde landmark!

Click on photo for a close-up view of new vintage door

color photo courtesy of Kristy Hull

Changes made (yet again)

Notice the new white entrance door and different garage doors.
As a result of tornado damage?

Warner Bros. movie Joplin Hideout

stills from the Warner Bros. movie

Buck Barrow, Clyde's older brother, showed up at the gates of Huntsville
prison, two days after Christmas, on December 27, 1931, and voluntarily
surrendered, to the prison officials.

He told them, that after escaping earlier, He had gotten married and that
after telling his new wife, that he was a fugitive from justice, she demanded,
that he return to prison again, to serve out his time.

After his pardon from prison, he swore that he would, "stay out of trouble".
But, despite protest from his wife Blanche, and her family, Buck joined Bonnie,
Clyde and W.D. Jones, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Blanche reluctantly went along
with him, to visit her new brother-in-law Clyde.

After traveling to Joplin Missouri, they set up housekeeping in a rented bungalow.
Clyde, posed as a Mr. W. J. Callahan, a visiting civil engineer, from Minnesota.
He booked the limestone apartment house at 3347 1/2 34th Street. The apartment
had a large comfortable livingroom, two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen.

It sat on the corner of 34th Street and Oak Ridge Drive, on a quiet tree-lined
road on Freeman Grove, and had a double garage in which they could stow away two
of their three vehicles. Along with the apartment, he also rented a garage at 3339
Oakridge Drive, to keep their third motor car out of sight.

Things were quiet at first, But after a while, the locals became suspicious of
their visitors from Texas and called in the police. As a result of the gun battle
here, two peace officers died. Constable Wes Harryman age 41 and father of five
children died on the spot, as a result, Mrs. Harryman was forced to sell the small
family farm to continue feeding the family.

Detective Harry McGinnis died later that evening in St. John's Hospital in Joplin.
He was three weeks away from marrying his fiance' Nellie Gager.

Q: Cost of the Joplin apartment?
A: $21.00 a month 
Clyde also (at the landlord's suggestion),
paid an extra $1.00 a month
(probably to appear civil minded) toward
a neighborhood "nightwatch" service
(provided by residential detective
Mack Parker).

In Memory of
An American Eskimo Dog

At the insistance of her husband, Buck Barrow, Blanche had agreed to take
along her precious little dog "Snowball" on their brief trip to Joplin, Mo,
to meet up with Bonnie, Clyde and W.D. Jones. Once the shooting began, the
startled pooch ran down the stairway and out into the street and out of sight.
That's the last time the Barrow gang's dog was ever seen or heard from again.

missing poster and images above created by Frank R. Ballinger

National Register Of Historic Places (PDF)

Registered as an "Historical Landmark"


Playtime for the Barrows

Mrs. Harry McGinnis had died in 1931 after falling under the wheels of a moving car.

The Man who owns the Joplin Hideout
Archived article

The raid on the Joplin, Missouri apartment on Freeman Grove
netted the police; Buck Barrow's Marmon car and a stash of weapons
including a bloodstained 16 gauge shotgun and his pardon papers
signed by Texas Governor Miriam Ferguson, his marriage license to
Blanche Caldwell, several handwritten pages of Bonnie's poetry,
a camera and several rolls of exposed Kodak film that the notorious
Barrow gang had taken of each other.

Clyde's pump action shotgun (shown below) was recovered by the laws from the apartment
following the shootout. It was the one on the extreme right in the B&W photo below!

Check it out...
The Joplin Apartment "Diorama" built by Muddboss

Lawmen and Outlaws
116 Years in Joplin's History
By Jim Hounschell

Jim Hounschell is a 25 year veteran in Law Enforcement. Back when Jim was a Lieutenant, he played a part in the
Bonnie and Clyde documentary entitled "Remembering Bonnie and Clyde" where he spoke of the shoot-out at the gang's
Joplin, Missouri hideout. He first published this book in 1989. The book sold out very quickly after the first printing.
This book has become a collector's item among many local historians and is a very popular research book.

Vintage photographs, such as seen below, fill Jim's fascinating book.

Bill Guinn and Walter Flenner with first radio equipped car - 1938

I always like to include a little bit of trivia throughout the Hideout

Veteran actor Bob Cummings was born in Joplin, Missouri on June 9th 1910. His father was
Dr. Charles Cummings Sr., a surgeon who was part of the original staff of St. John's Hospital,
where Detective Harry McGinnis died. His birth name was Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings.
The "Orville" part, in respect to his Godfather, aviation pioneer Orville Wright of the Wright Bros.

Bob Cummings moved to Los Angeles in 1935, two years after the Barrow shootout, to persue
an acting career. He remembered his birthplace, opening up his own hotel on US Hwy 71. I don't
know, but it's very likely that Dr. Cummings might have possibly attended to Det. McGinnis.

Besides his own shows, he had starred in many great films, which included
Alfred Hitchcock's 1942 thriller 'Saboteur' and "Dial M for Murder" in 1954. 

America's first Official Civil Flight Instructor

In keeping with his Godfather's passion, young Cummings also took to the air, being trained by Orville Wright himself. Cummings made his first solo
flight at the time the above photo was taken. Cummings was issued flight instructor certificate No. 1, making him the first official flight instructor
in the United States. He would charge $5 each, taking Joplin residents on a bird's eye tour of the Joplin area. 

Orville Wright seen below on the left

1927 Travel Air Biplane
Like the model aircraft Cummings first learned to fly.

Charles (Bob) Cummings 1929 Joplin Globe article"

"Your Hollywood and Joplin Host"

Vintage Cummings Hotel Matchbook

Hotel Matchbook reverse side

Bob Cummings Motor Hotel Post

Vintage Cummings Hotel Post Card

Vintage Image
Ed Portley
In the July 1934 issue of "True Detective" magazine, is an article written
by Ed Portley, Chief of Detectives, Joplin, Mo. as told to C.F. Waers.

Vintage image

Trooper Kahler was a participant at the Joplin shoot-out. Kahler had remained
on the force until 1965, retiring with the rank of lieutenant. In talking about that day
involving the Barrow gang, he said that the whole incident lasted only about one
minute, from the first shot to the final one. Constable Wes Harryman had been
killed instantly and the Joplin police detective, Harry McGinnis, died that night.
Missouri State Highway Patrol. Public Information and Education Division

Kahler was the lawman who had shot W.D. Jones in the back during the skirmish.
He also came so close to killing Clyde that day as to shooting off the outlaw's necktie!
Kahler 34, (1940 census) had a wife named Opal and a newborn daughter named Carol.

Distributed after the Joplin murders