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Bonnie & Clyde Exhibit at Depot Museum


A small part of the Bonnie & Clyde exhibit at the Depot Museum in Giddings. A small part of the Bonnie & Clyde exhibit at the Depot Museum in Giddings. A Mobile Exhibit featuring Bonnie & Clyde and owned by Giddings resident Taronda Schulz is on display at the Rural of Texas Tourism Center in the Union Station Transportation Museum located in the newly developed “Depot” section of Giddings.

Taronda Schulz tells this story: “In May of 1934, two of the most notorious criminals in history met their end on a desolate road in Louisiana. Their names were Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The man responsible for tracking them down and ending their crime spree was Captain Frank Hamer of the Texas Rangers.”

“As a history buff and board member of the Friends of the Depot, I am excited to have my personal collection of Bonnie and Clyde and Hamer memorabilia on display at the Depot Museum. The intent of this exhibit is not to glorify the outlaws, but to honor their twelve victims and Captain Hamer, who was a friend of my grandfather, who also served as a Texas Ranger.”


Pictured are Colton and Karley Schulz, grandchildren of Leonard and Taronda Schulz. They are seen in the “Dinky”, a portion of the museum depicting a train ride on the Dinky that traveled through Lee County many years ago. The mural on the wall represents windows on the Dinky and was painted by Lexington artist, Johnny Jones. Pictured are Colton and Karley Schulz, grandchildren of Leonard and Taronda Schulz. They are seen in the “Dinky”, a portion of the museum depicting a train ride on the Dinky that traveled through Lee County many years ago. The mural on the wall represents windows on the Dinky and was painted by Lexington artist, Johnny Jones. “Our exhibit includes vintage newspapers with front page articles, Hamer’s personal fingerprint kit and powder horn, along with many other unique items of interest. This is a portion of a collection that spans over forty years and has not been displayed for public viewing many times.”

Everyone is invited to visit the museum, which is located in the Depot District, just west of Hwy. 77 and north of Hwy 290 as you enter Giddings from Lexington. Organizations, clubs, schools and anyone interested to have a private tour can schedule one by calling the Giddings Chamber of Commerce at 979-542-3455 or Taronda Schulz at 979-540-8419.

The museum is open most Fridays all day until 4 p.m.

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