Thursday, October 16, 2008
Ask the Troup: Bonnie and Clyde edition
Why is Clyde Barrow buried in Oak Cliff? Will we (or should we) have a historical marker there?
I thought it might be fun to ask our resident historian about some of the forgotten things around our town, so welcome to the first, of what I hope are many, question and answer sessions with Alexander Troup.
I grew up in Oak Cliff right around the Fort Worth Avenue/N. Montclair Street area, and one of my favorite things to as a kid was to visit the grave of Clyde Barrow. We had to jump the fence and risk having the cops come, but one supposes that was part of the fun.
People were always leaving an assortment of items on his tombstone. Sometimes it was beer bottles and plastic flowers, other times it was coins and once, I remember finding a pair of women's underwear.
My first question to Alexander is, why was he buried there? There is also the question of preservation. Will we have a historical marker there someday and perhaps equally important, should we?
With Fort Worth Avenue slowly recovering from years of stagnation, it would be a shame if this piece of history was dozed over or forgotten.
This article was submitted by a member of the Pegasus News community.
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