Pictures and artifacts highlight the careers of law enforcement legends: Lone Wolf
Gonzaullas, Jess Sweeten, Ted Hinton, Ben Krueger, and outlaws Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, Floyd Hamilton, and John Wesley Hardin.
Pioneer Village's Peace Officer's Museum filled with history
By RUTH THOMPSON/Daily Sun Staff
Built like an old jail, with bricks and a
mock vault door, the Peace Officers Museum at Pioneer Village is
filled with photographs of law enforcement officers and the Texas
Rangers from Navarro County, as well as famous outlaws like Bonnie
and Cylde. In fact, kids often refer to this museum as the Bonnie
and Cylde museum, because almost half of the wall in the first room
is devoted them and outlaw John Wesley Hardin.
Many people in Corsicana have always been
fascinated with Bonnie and Cylde. Maybe it's because Bonnie and
Clyde visited Corsicana on numerous occasions. Cylde sometimes
stopped here to buy Bonnie some flowers on his way to his Uncle
Frank's farm. Once they were even chased by a Corsicana police
officer down Beaton Street. However, the officer soon questioned the
wisdom of this and chose to just notify the authorities, Pioneer
Village records indicate.
The museum isn't just filled with pictures
and accounts of the past, but various objects that depict the
careers of early law enforcement officers. Along the two glass
display cabinets rest an assortment of handcuffs, leg cuffs, guns,
pictures and paintings of famous Texas Rangers, and a collection of
badges from all over the United States, and Canada.
The back room could be an object of the
past all by itself. It's a reconstructed jail cell, made out of bars
from three different jail cells, including the old Corsicana jail.
Inside the jail cell is an old cot and a leg cuff with a ball and
chain attached to it. The leg cuff was worn by a prisoner who was
held in the old Navarro County jail in the early 1900s. The prisoner
was taken from his cell by a mob and burned on a stake on the
To the left of the jail cell rests an old
police filing cabinet and a set of chairs and a table from the
Carrousel Club owned by Jack Ruby.
Pioneer Village has created a Peace
Officer's Hall of Fame to show appreciation for law enforcement in
Navarro County. On the wall facing the jail cell are pictures of
officers in their uniforms who have been named Peace Officer of the
Year. Last year, in light of Sept. 11, Pioneer Village decided to
honor all the firemen and police officers, instead of one, in
Navarro County with a plaque.
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