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I had trouble trying first to find the cemetery and then the grave. If you are travelling from the south up Webb Chapel Road, you will come to a fork in this busy road. While you are busy working out which way to go, you will actually drive right by the cemetery which is right on the corner. Once inside, this is the next part of the mystery tour. While Dallas will make known Bonnie is buried here, they don’t seem to be at all forward in letting you know exactly where. After walking around reading the flat burial plaques, a nice gentleman in his car stopped and asked me if I was looking for Bonnie… I guess the camera gave me away and directed me straight to the grave. This save walking about 3/4’s of the cemetery. So here I will help you.
When you enter the gates, you will see a large mausoleum straight ahead. If you take the drive that goes to the left of the mausoleum and before you are actually alongside the building, you will see a small Jesus statue all by itself on the left of the drive. Behind the statue is a row of hedges and trees. On the other side of the hedge you will find Bonnie’s grave. So make the statue your stopping point and head for the bushes. :-)
Address: Bonnie Parkers Grave, Crownhill Cemetery and Mausoleum, corner of Lombardy Lane and Webb Chapel Road.
Crown Hill Cemetery
This appears to be a fairly small cemetery when you first approach because very few headstones are visible. You see why as you drive around. Most of them are plaques which lay flat on the ground and not readable while driving around. You actually have to walk around to see and read them. The first recorded burial was in 1890, Charity Cole.
Address: Corner of Lombardy Lane and Webb Chapel Road
Probably the most well known resident at Crown Hill is Bonnie Parker. Bonnie was the infamous partner of Clyde – the notorious crime duo. She was born in Rowena Texas but moved to Dallas when her father died in 1914. She met Clyde in 1930. He was jailed a couple of times before they began their reign of robberies. They hit grocery stores, filling stations, and small banks. During one failed robbery attempt, Bonnie was captured and jailed in Kaufman but released when the grand jury no-billed her. From the pair reunited and continued on their deadly crime spree through Texas Oklahoma, New Mexico and Missouri. Despite massive attempts to track the two down, the law enforcement failed until finally in 1934 the two met a violent end in an ambush near Sailes, Bienville Parish in Louisiana May 23, 1934.
Bonnies remains were moved here to Crown Hill from Fishtrap Cemetery in West Dallas in 1945 along with her sister Billie’s 2 children. Bonnie’s mother Emma is also buried here. The inscription on her tombstone reads “As the flowers are all made sweeter by the sunshine and the dew, so this old world is made brighter by the lives of folks like you".
Address: Crownhill Cemetery, Lombardy Lane and Webb Chapel Road.
This place is horrible! If I hadnt of had a family member donate a plot, I would have never put my son there! The apartments behind it, the fence is down and everyone walks through with no regards to the plots. Ive had things stolen from there and the grass grown over my sons headstone. Theres absolutely no respect! You dont get any help from the office either, their rude and once they have your money, they dont care! My son deserves better than this as im sure everyones loved ones do. Theres trash everywhere, they never water the grass so its all dead and the dirt is cracking extremely bad. But yet you see maintance just standing around staring at you.
The mess at Crown Hill Cemetery
I have family members in the cemetery back in the 1950's and I hate to even go there to visit.
It needs to be cleaned up and I have pick up beer bottles myself and took to the office there
with a note saying could you please clean up, that this looks very bad and the owners there
if had the respect for the dead they would never have let it got that way. It looks okay front the front with the iron fence, but as you drive to the back it is bad and trashy. They need to put up the fence all the way back then that would keep people out that are there to mess it up. I have had flowers took from there many times - that I guess people walk thru and pick them up. Its really bad and they need to improve it. It has been reported to Fox 4 and still no better.
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