June 28, 2010
The famous 1930s Barrow Gang, led by Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, visited Arkansas on several occasions. In 1933, the gang was registered at a Fort Smith (Sebastian County) tourist camp while Parker recovered from injuries from a car accident. The gang robbed a Fayetteville (Washington County) store and, when making its escape on Highway 71, was confronted by Alma (Crawford County) marshal Henry Humphrey and a companion. A brief shootout mortally wounded Humphrey. The gang fled the state, and a year later, Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a Louisiana highway ambush. A plaque at the Alma City Complex building commemorates Humphreys death.