By HEATHER HESSELINK
Spring break brought many Mid Michigan Community College students to different destinations around the country. For many, the ideal choices were Florida or Texas or maybe even something a little more exotic. My spring break, however, brought me to a destination most students have never heard of – Gibsland, Louisiana.
On May 23, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down by law enforcement a few miles outside of Gibsland. Today many people are drawn to the sleepy little town, to the last destination Bonnie and Clyde visited before being gunned down on a dusty side road eight miles out of town. The little café they had ordered sandwiches from has been turned into the historical Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum.
Inside the museum visitors can read many different facts about the life and crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde and view some of the museum’s many items, such as Clyde’s Remington shotguns, which were pulled from the death car.
Visitors will also enjoy listening to the stories of museum founder and owner L. J. “Boots” Hinton, who is the son of one of the law enforcement officers who brought Bonnie and Clyde’s lives on the run to an end with a hailstorm of bullets.
Gibsland, Louisiana may have been put on the map by the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde, but the town keeps their memories alive. Every May on the weekend closest to the ambush, the town hosts the Bonnie and Clyde Festival, complete with parade and heart-pounding reenactments that include the ambush located eight miles outside of town at the same site where the gangsters where gunned down almost 80 years ago.
Whether checking out the museum for fun or visiting the upcoming festival there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy while visiting this sleepy town.