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Event will recall Bonnie and Clyde's local escape

To commemorate the escape of Bonnie and Clyde and the Barrow Gang from Platte County in July 1933, the Heart of America Model A Ford Club is sponsoring an event at the Ambassador Building (the former Farmland Building) near KCI. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon with a road tour following.

There will be a symposium session with information about Bonnie and Clyde as well as a road tour through Platte County for cars built before 1933.

The event is being held in remembrance of an incident on July 13, 1933 when the Barrow Gang was at the Red Crown Tavern, located near where the Kansas City International Airport, KCI, is today. On that day, 13 officers surrounded the Red Crown and the gang still was able to escape and flee to Iowa.

The road tour will follow the actual roads used by the gang to escape from the county. The tour will conclude at the Platte County Courthouse in Platte City.

There will be prizes and goodies given out to attendees who dress in era clothing or who attend with their vintage car.

There is no cost for the symposium, however a boxed lunch and t-shirts can be purchased at the event or by registering.

The Ambassador Building at KCI is located at 12000 NW Ambassador Drive in Kansas City and was formerly known as the Farmland Building.

Registration for the event is required and spaces are limited to the first 130 people. To register for the event visit

For more information about the event contact Jim Spawn at 816-421-1991 or

The event is sponsored by the Heart of America Model A Ford Club and the Kansas City Aviation Department.


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