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“Transported back to the 1930's”

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Gibsland
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We had an enjoyable time here at the Museum and then took the backroads to see the Ambush spot up close and personal. We didn't shoot at it, though, so we might have missed some of the experience. Anyway - Mr. Boots Hinton was there himself and he was a wealth of information. One lady was bending his ear and vice versa while we were there and it was fun to listen in. Some people can get rather obsessed with this stuff, you know? It was fun to watch the videos and look at the memorabilia, but be warned - no death car.

The fun, though, is in the atmosphere of the small country backroads and driving slowly out to the ambush spot to see the shot-up and defaced statute. On the way out there take a moment to stop in to the Mt. Lebanon cemetery which has been going since 1837 - puts this all in perspective.

The locals are in the process of erecting a new marker at the ambush spot which may or may not be similarly defaced and shot at (hopefully not, but . . . people are people after all). We may never pass this way again, but thanks for reminding us that history and modernity can co-exist mostly peacefully.

And if you're interested in seeing this site, keep in mind that Mr. Hinton is not a youngster - when he passes, the museum may not outlive him, as this is a passion project for sure. He even tried to charge us less than posted! So git on out there to see where the Legend of Bonnie & Clyde came to it's inevitable conclusion.

3  Thank Laura T
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

By the time we wound through the LA backroads (through pouring rain no less!) to see the ambush spot, it was really too late to see the museum, but we will be back.
It's a short drive from I-20 but you are immediately transported back in time - lonely winding roads help you imagine you are taking the same final trip as Bonnie and Clyde. It is not hard to find the monument but it is a little farther than you might think so don't give up and turn around - it is one of those things that you really Can't miss unless you are driving with your eyes closed (not recommended). A simple pull off on the right (from Gibsland direction), a single granite monument marks the actual spot of ambush. Sadly (but not surprisingly) there is a lot of vandalism but you can clearly read the inscription. If you are interested in the Bonnie and Clyde story this is worth the short detour. If it's not really something you care about, you will probably be underwhelmed as there is nothing other than the granite stone.

2  Thank kkiddkid
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We first went to dallas to see the graves of Bonnie and Clyde very neat. We then went to the ambush site the next morning very interesting. I was sad to see the vandalism on the monument its sad people have no care for American history and think they need to vandalize stuff like that. My husband and I left from Oklahoma just to go on this journey and it was well worth it. I did see that they are building another memorial I hope people leave it alone this time. If you want to go on an adventure go to Dallas first and visit the graves then head to this site. We did go to the Bonnie ans Clyde museum (the free one) don't think that I would pay to go inand hear somebody brag about two people being gunned down and not given a chance at all to surrend. But that's just me.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Gibsland, LA (due South on Hwy 154 off I.20) took us down a quite picturesque route to what I can only describe as a throw back to ...... whenever - a sleepy mid-Western town, with many original features (ie. not much had changed since ...) and it had an aura of a Museum in its own right.

The Museum is right there on Main St (RHS heading Sth) and does not have an imposing edifice.

Greeted warmly by the Caretaker, who once the standard gags had been trotted out yet again, proceeded to regale us (at length) with tales of what happened and of just how proud he was to be the Son (or it could have been Nephew) of one of the original Posse that gunned them down. Such glee, somehow seemed rather odd.

I need no convincing that their crimes were heinous and horrendous, but the glee seemed out of place.

The Display is no bigger than two largish rooms, but much was packed in - an eclectic collection of memorabilia, comprising Newspaper Articles, Magazines from the day, to clothes of theirs, personal possessions and their car (model of the original, completely riddled with bullet holes), and pictures. Many of the pictures were ghoulish, as they were of the two corpses.

Amusing - Lost of NO Smoking signs, seemed not to apply to the caretaker.

Seems there is still much debate as to whether it was Bonnie that was actually the Leader, and a complete homicidal maniac and that Clyde was a bit of a simpleton Mummy's Boy who just did what he followed along. I don't know nor really care, but it was interesting to read the 'psycho' babble analysis.

Afterwards, at the behest of The Caretaker, and with an amount of, by now serious ghoulish curiosity, we drove to the actual site of the Grand Finale, where they were ambushed and killed "in a hail of bullets" - much further down the road than we were told or imagined.

Easy to find - No.
Noteworthy - No.
Much to see - No.
Obvious - No.
Plaque - Tiny.
Worthwhile - No.

Waste of time - Yes !

Just stick to the Museum - that is worth doing, if you are of a certain age and can recall seeing the movie(s) and are curious to learn just how much did Hollywood make up or embellish - seems not that much, actually.

2  Thank Safariholic
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Museum is very organized & has much memorabilia. This is a must-see if you're interested in the Bonnie & Clyde legend. Small shop & museum is run by direct descendent of one of the deputies from the actual ambush. Nicely done, very informative film (though it is authentic, so it is "old" looking). Well worth a stop.

5  Thank Leisa B
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