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1939
Salt Fork Red River
Through Truss Bridge

The "Red River Plunge"
of Bonnie & Clyde

US Highway 83

6 miles North of Wellington

Collingsworth County

Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
The 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

The U.S. Highway 83 Through Truss Bridge

"Built in 1939 to replace an earlier bridge over the Salt Fork of the Red River, six miles north of Wellington in Collingsworth County.

Soon after the earlier bridge washed out, Bonnie and Clyde and their gang drove off into the river at high speed in June of 1933 in what has been called "The Red River Plunge of Bonnie & Clyde." Bonnie was badly burned, and it is said she couldn't walk without assistance for the rest of her short life. A neighboring farm family, acting as Good Samaritans, was held hostage in their home, and a woman was shot through the hand but not badly injured.

The current bridge is being threatened with demolition by TXDOT even though it is listed on the National Register."


Wes Reeves
2004


Collingsworth County Tx - Bonnie And Clyde Red River Plunge  historical marker
Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

Historical Marker:

The Red River Plunge of Bonnie and Clyde

On June 10, 1933, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Pritchard and family saw from their home on the bluff (west) the plunge of an auto into Red River. Rescuing the victims, unrecognized as Bonnie Parker and Clyde and Buck Barrow, they sent for help. Upon their arrival, the local sheriff and police chief were disarmed by Bonnie Parker. Buck Barrow shot Pritchard's daughter while crippling the family car to halt pursuit. Kidnapping the officers, the gangsters fled. Bonnie and Clyde were fated to meet death in 1934. In this quiet region, the escapade is now legend.
(1975)


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
The 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge Plaque
Salt Fork Red River Bridge Plaque
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
The 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
The 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
The 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Crossing the US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge Olaque
The 1939 Salt Fork Red River Bridge Plaque
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


Collingsworth County TX - 1939 US 83 Salt Fork Red River Through Truss Bridge
Photo by Wes Reeves, early 2004

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