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This month, my Friday Road Trip became a Weekend Getaway, at a unique destination 1.4 miles from my home in Joplin.
My sisters joined me for an overnight at the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout.
And here’s how this interesting weekend came about. Wanting to include local sites of interest on my blog, I checked online to find the owner of this historical building in my city. Intending to gain permission to take photos in the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout, I instead discovered the apartment over the garage is an Airbnb available to rent.
My intention to take photos for a story turned into a fun overnight experience.
The Barrow Gang Comes to Joplin
The Joplin connection is a vital one, in the saga of Bonnie and Clyde.
This infamous couple, Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, traveled the lower Midwest between 1931 and 1934. The pair’s life of crime began with robberies of small stores and gas stations and escalated to bank heists and murder.
Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche and the youth WD Jones completed the Barrow Gang. During their years of crime, they killed nine police officers and four civilians.
On April 1, 1933, the gang rented an over the garage apartment in Joplin, Missouri. Located in a quiet, affluent neighborhood, the upstairs apartment’s many windows provided vantage points to watch for the approach of law enforcement.
For 13 days the group hid in the apartment while committing a series of robberies in Missouri and neighboring states. They slept late into the day, partied heartily at night and cleaned weapons in the garage. A variety of stolen cars appeared and disappeared from the property. Their unusual activities drew suspicion from the neighbors.
On April 13, 1933, police arrived, expecting to find bootleggers. Instead, a furious shootout occurred. Joplin police detective Harry McGinnis and Newton County Constable John Wesley Harryman lost their lives. McGinnis died from his wounds in a nearby hospital while Harryman died instantly, his body falling into the garage.
The Importance of the Joplin Hideout
Bonnie and Clyde, Buck and Blanche and WD escaped, however they left all of their belongings behind. Police discovered a camera and undeveloped rolls of film. The circulated photos from those canisters allowed law enforcement across the lower US to see what the outlaws looked like. The brutality of the shooting in Joplin helped to change the public’s opinion about the gang.
Buck Barrow died as a result of gunshot wounds from a raid at Platte City, Missouri on July 29, 1933.
Blanche Barrow eventually served six years in prison for assault. After her release she remarried and lived quietly for the rest of her life. She died December 24, 1989.
WD Jones, who was only 16 when he joined with Bonnie and Clyde, received a 15 year sentence. He was paroled after six years. WD died August 20, 1974 from gunshot wounds, after an altercation.
And Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree came to an end on May 23, 1934 on a rural road in Louisiana. A posse of Texas rangers and Louisiana officers set up an ambush, firing more than 100 rounds into the car carrying the duo.
Spending the Night at the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout
I reserved the apartment through Airbnb. My sisters and I, along with our mother, arrived at 3:00 pm sharp. We checked ourselves in through the access keypad on the door.
The apartment, which is registered as a historic site, contains a living room, full kitchen with a dining area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. One of the bedrooms is set up as a parlor without a bed.
Saundra, the owner and host, offers charming and meticulously clean accommodations with an authentic 1930s feel. The rooms contain photos, newspaper articles and books detailing the lives of the Barrow Gang. And guests can watch the 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, on the television hidden in a cabinet in the living room.
Join me on a photo tour of this unique apartment.
Bonnie and Clyde Hideout Kitchen
I love Airbnbs with kitchens. We toted in groceries for our evening meal, snacks and breakfast the next morning. The kitchen in the Bonnie and Clyde apartment offers a full sized electric range, a small refrigerator with freezer and an assortment of cooking pots, dinnerware and utensils.
A small dining table and two chairs provide a spot for meals.
With its windows and cozy decor, the kitchen became my favorite space in the dwelling. I enjoyed preparing aloo matar for dinner and fruit bowls for breakfast. A black tea kettle inspired me to prepare cups of peppermint tea.
Bonnie and Clyde Hideout Living Room
The living room, with its original wood floors and wall of windows, provides the perfect place to gather. The four chairs offer ample seating. We enjoyed thumbing through the books about Bonnie and Clyde.
Because Mom and my daughter Elissa joined us for dinner, we used this space for eating as well as lively discussions and watching the Bonnie and Clyde film together later.
Tucked into a corner is a large cupboard where the gang stashed their guns. There’s a bullet hole within it, from the spray of bullets that came through a window.
I also enjoyed looking through the guests books in this room, where visitors record their appreciation for this apartment.
The bathroom off of the short hallway still contains its original bathtub. However the rest of the bathroom is updated for convenience.
I love the black and white theme and the clean, bright space.
Saundra provides soaps and towels for her guests.
Bonnie and Clyde Hideout Bedrooms
The original floor plan of the apartment shows two bedrooms, one at either end of a short hallway.
Although Saundra set up one room as a parlor, it’s easy to determine which bedrooms members of the Barrow Gang utilized.
The front bedroom, overlooking the street, is currently the parlor. Blanche and Buck Barrow slept in this room.
Bonnie and Clyde used the back bedroom. I read that WD Jones actually slept with the couple most of the time although in this apartment it’s possible he also claimed the living room as his space.
For our overnight, my sisters slept in Bonnie and Clyde’s room while I slept on an air mattress that I brought along, in the front bedroom.
Our Overnight at the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout
We loved our overnight in this lovely apartment.
The neighborhood is indeed quiet and the windows in the upstairs apartment let in plenty of sunlight. After settling in, we savored our evening meal and snacks and chatted until early in the morning.
I enjoyed preparing tea for me and one of my sisters. And imagine the surreal experience of watching a movie about these notorious outlaws while actually sitting in the space they lived in for a short time.
With my sensitivity to energy, it was not hard to sense Bonnie, Clyde, Blanche, Buck and WD moving silently about the hideout. And while many romanticized this couple during the height of their crime spree, Bonnie and Clyde lived a life outside of the law. The consequences of their actions and lifestyle resulted in pain and death for innocent people. And yet, I recognize their humanity too and I’m willing to learn from their stories.
When I first arrived at the apartment, I felt some of that residual pain empathically. After all, two men died during the shoot out. Because of that lingering energy, I honestly didn’t know if I could sleep in Blanche and Buck’s room. However, by bedtime I’d made peace with the energy there, which mellowed out during the evening.
We slept well in the Bonnie and Clyde hideout, my sisters and I.
Awaking early, with sunlight streaming in through the windows, I curled up on the chaise lounge in the parlor and read in Blanche’s book. Taken from her diary, the book provides an intimate glimpse into life with the famous outlaws. Gratefully, I’m picking up the book at the Joplin Public Library tomorrow, to finish reading it.
Visit the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout
I highly recommend this Airbnb! Saundra is a super host, providing a unique experience for her guests. My sisters and I would definitely stay here again.
The apartment is located at 3347 1/2 Oak Ridge Drive, in Joplin, although the building actually faces 34th Street. There is a historic landmark sign in the yard.
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When you visit, soak in the history and the stories within those walls…and tell the Barrow Gang I said hello.
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59 Replies to “Overnight at the Bonnie and Clyde Hideout”
Wow, this is so cool. I would be worried about ghosts. LOL!
I’ll tell you a secret. It is haunted. But the energy settled down the longer we were there.
I LOVE reading about weekend getaways in people’s own city or town.. and this is a really good one!! Thank you for sharing and I would like to visit and stay in the hotel.. Ghosts and all!
It’s a very cool place to stay. It encourages me to look for other unique places to check out in my own area.
I really love reading your post about the Bonnie and Clyde. What a cool experience to see where the infamous couple used as hideaway. I would definitely visit it.
It was such a fun experience!
We love staying in unique places, and this Hideout definitely seems unique! Thanks for the history.
It’s very unique! I loved it.
I’m not sure if I would’ve slept well or not. haha
Cool experience and especially to share with your Mom and sisters.
I didn’t think I was going to be able to sleep alone in that front bedroom. But we stayed up late and the energy mellowed out. I did fine!
What a fun and unique place to stay. I was wondering if there were any remaining bullet holes before I got to that part of the story.
Yes we saw two actually. One inside the apartment and one on the outside.
I love history and learning about these events. This would be a cool airbnb!
What a fabulous trip and find. I enjoyed seeing the owners kept as much as the original character as they could. Even bathroom, with updates, seems to fit the charm of the whole apartment.
Yes it feels so authentic!
I love historical places too!
It truly was!
What an interesting experience to stay in a place like that! I enjoyed hearing the history behind Bonnie and Clyde. I didn’t know too much about the actual story.
It’s such a fun place to stay!
What a fun trip to take with your mom and sister! Adding in some American history made it all the more interesting I’d say!
Yes it was so surreal staying there!
What an interesting place to stay…
A fun read about very tragic events. I can’t imagine that whole scenario. Pretty intense. But fascinating seeing the living space and of course, appreciate that you made tea! thanks for sharing this.
It was such a fun experience! And yes, had to have my tea!
How cool!! That must have such an experience to feel the history and legend that was there!
It was a very cool experience!
Wow! What a cool place to stay! Thanks for sharing the history too!
I love staying at historical places like this! And I love Bonnie and Clyde. I even went to a dance dressed up with my date as them! I’ll have to check this place out!
That’s awesome! You’d love this place.
I’m impressed that you were able to manage the negative energy well enough to sleep! I enjoyed reading the history of these colorful characters, and I love seeing unusual places to stay.
Spooky cool! I can’t imagine standing within the same doors, walls, views as those 2. How interesting!
This looks like a great air bnb for a getaway!
How neat!! I’m sensitive to energies as well and through the beginning of reading your piece I wondered if you would feel them there. I’m not sure I could sleep there. Their story intrigues me though. I’ve watched documentaries and movies about them. Very cool
What a unique place. I love it! I want to go here.
So cool! I had no idea that such a place existed.
Wow, who knew? Hopefully the space had good mojo! Now you can claim to have lived like a gangsta 🙂
It has very interesting energy…that mellowed out the longer we were there. I wasn’t sure at first that I could sleep there.
What an experience! Thank you for sharing.
I love how they found a roll of film left behind. How neat.
Such a cool place to stay! I would love to visit someday.
What an interesting story. Who knew that such an unassuming house had such rich history with the infamous couple, and that you could stay there. I would love to see more of the photos that were left behind.
It’s all very well done! And those photos proved to be significant in stopping their crime spree.
What a wonderful adventure! From the pics it looks like everyone had a grand time.
Someone else mentioned to place in a blog I read once but only showed a picture of the out side so it was nice to see the inside. I love historical places.
What a clever idea to turn it into a rental.
Oh my goodness! How fun! I enjoyed reading this post so much. I hadn’t known the whole story of Bonnie and Clyde, and I never knew about this apartment. How very cool to be able to actually stay there. I’m in love with how they decorated it, and your favorite spot is also mine. Love those colors!
I am a huge fan of true crime. This is fascinating! They were quite the characters.
What a unique place to spend the night! I never really knew the story of Bonnie and Clyde. It was very interesting!
They were quite notorious in their time! Crazy that they stayed in Joplin.
Wow such a unique spot
It truly is!
What a unique place to stay! I would love to stay in a place with so much history!
Interesting idea, to sleep where Bonnie and Clyde slept. And feel their presence, I wonder what made you relax as the evening went on? I guess because this was their place of relaxation maybe, and you felt it, too.
I think we all accepted each other. I relaxed. The energy mellowed. I slept well!
This is a super cool place! I love your history and stories in your posts!
Such a cool place to read about! I love staying somewhere with a story!
Now that is one unique Airbnb experience! The notoriety is intriguing and the place is so charming!
What a cool getaway. So much history and I can’t believe you can stay where they used to hide out. Good read.