July, 2021 – Minden, LA – Hot on the trail of the final days of Bonnie and Clyde as I pedal through northern Louisiana on this year’s Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s.
In Shreveport, LA there used to be a diner at 422 Milam Street. In 1934 it was called the Majestic Cafe.
Now the building’s interior has been gutted to the stud. The front door looks original to the building from the 1930s.
According to a post in LouisianaTravel.com Bonnie and Clyde met with one of their gang at the cafe in the spring of 1934.
The young outlaws left and Henry Methvin stayed behind. He apparently tried to dine and dash but got busted.
Police grilled Methvin and he apparently narked on Bonnie and Clyde’s hideout on his family farm.
That scenario was one of the key turning points to the demise of Bonnie and Clyde.
Pedaling closer to Gibsland and the area of the ambush more people have families that have some sort of tie to the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Another woman at the Dorcheat Historical Museum said the woman kidnapped by Bonnie and Clyde, Sophie Ston, was her mother’s home ec teacher.
Everl Adair said her grandmother was stopped by law enforcement as she traveled on the same road where the ambush was about to take place and another woman in Minden, LA said her grandparents spoke about how kind Bonnie and Clyde were.
Clyde’s first arrest came from failing to return a rental car. The notorious criminal was first arrested in 1926 for automobile theft after failing to return a car he had rented in Dallas to visit an estranged high school girlfriend. The rental car agency dropped the charges, but the incident remained on Clyde’s arrest record. Just three weeks later, he was arrested again alongside his older brother Ivan “Buck” Barrow for an even more farcical crime—possession of a truckload of stolen turkeys. Klein, C. (2019, May 31) 10 Things You May Not Know About Bonnie and Clyde history.com https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-bonnie-and-clyde
Have I not commanded you? … Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
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