Barrow gas station, family home of outlaw Clyde Barrow, demolished in West Dallas


Rhea Leen Linder, niece of Bonnie Parker, and Buddy Barrow, nephew of Clyde Barrow, at the Barrow gas station in March 2020. Photo courtesy of Bill Yates

A piece of West Dallas’ infamous past is heading for the landfill.

The Barrow gas station, the family home of outlaw Clyde Barrow on Singleton Boulevard, was demolished on Wednesday. Owner Brent Jackson of Oaxaca Interests told the Dallas Landmark Commission in March 2020 that he planned to tear it down.

The commission voted then to initiate landmark status for the building, a process that takes two years. There’s been a whole pandemic since then, and it’s unclear what happened with the historic initiation.

Henry Barrow, Clyde’s father, used a team of mules to move his three-room shotgun house from Muncie Avenue to land on what was then Eagle Ford Road. He added to the building and opened the Star gas station at what is now 1221 Singleton Boulevard, in the early 1930s.

Clyde Barrow never lived at this address, but he would have lived in the original house when it was on Muncie.

Her parents, Henry and Cumie, ran the gas station during the 21 months that Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were on their multi-state crime spree.

Photo of Barrow gas station courtesy of Dallas Public Library History and Archives Division

After Bonnie and Clyde were killed in an ambush in Gibsland, Louisiana in 1934, the family continued to run the gas station, and it was the site of reprisals on behalf of former members of the Barrow gang.

It caught fire in June 1938, in what the Barrow family believed was an attack on their business. In September, Cumie Barrow and her nephew, Lewis Francis, were shot and injured while standing outside the petrol station. She was shot in the face and shoulder and eventually lost sight in one eye. Former Barrow gang member Baldy Whatley was arrested in the shooting.

The following month, while Whatley was on bail, the service station was set on fire twice.

This history should not be celebrated, the owner said in 2020.

“He killed a number of first responders,” Jackson told the Landmark Commission. “The guy killed several people several people.”

Bonnie and Clyde have been charged with 13 murders, including two Texas highway patrol officers, two Missouri police officers, a sheriff in Oklahoma and a deputy in New Mexico.

Barrow service station site on April 21, 2022

Several West Dallas residents have come out in favor of a historic initiation in 2020.

“There are those who say we shouldn’t glorify criminals and poverty, but that’s part of our history,” West Dallas native Elsa Cadena said at the time.

“Why doesn’t West Dallas have more historical landmarks? Because West Dallas was where the poorest of the poor lived. They were the forgotten ones. Immigrants. And yes, even criminals.

Jackson, the owner, has yet to respond to a phone message left at his office. He also owns the adjacent West Dallas Pharmacy, which is still standing.

George Castro grew up in West Dallas and approached the Landmark Commission two years ago.

“With all the gentrification going on in 75212, they’re erasing what little history we have left,” he said.


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