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The "Red River Plunge" Bridge of Bonnie & Clyde
Wellington, Texas

US Highway 83
Collingsworth County

By Wes Reeves
Bonnie and Clyde Red Rive Plunge Bridge, US 83, Collingsworth County, Texas
Photo by Wes Reeves, early 2004

The U.S. Highway 83 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
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