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Missouri shootout
near Platte City

What I find interesting about the following story is that it identifies the location of the shootout out as cabins at Houser's filling station, not the Red Crown Tavern or the Red Crown Tourist Court.

From what I found online, it seems the Red Crown Tavern was built in by a banker named Emmett Breen. The manager of the place, apparently, was Neal Houser, who was working when the Barrow gang checked into the cabins at the Red Crown Tourist Court on July 18.

Perhaps the article below was written by a local who knew this place as Houser's. Perhaps Houser at a service station at this location before Breen constructed something bigger and better.

In any event, the Red Crown Tavern also was a filling station, with two fuel pumps by its front entrance, which may account for a reporter calling this place Houser's filling station.

Clyde Barrow filled his tank across the street at Slim's Castle, also a combination filling station and restaurant. That when Barrow noticed the Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Court. What's noteworthy, I suppose, is he was purchased gasoline that day, instead of stealing it.

Neal Houser was suspicious when the Barrow party checked in, becoming moreso when the cabin guests started covering the windows with paper. Houser shared his suspicions with police, as a good citizen should, but he probably did not envision the chaos that would follow after police discovered the car Barrow was driving was reported stolen.

With machine gun blazing, two bandits roared their motor car through a cordon of forty police on United States Highway 71 near Platte City early today.

Three members of the police posse were wounded by the machine gun bullets, none seriously.

The bandits are believed to be Clyde and Ivy Barrow, notorious Texas gunmen.

They escaped amid a hail of bullets fired by the officers. One bandit and a woman companion are believed to have been wounded.

Sheriff Holt Coffey of Platte County, his nineteen-year-old son, Clarence, and Deputy Sheriff George Highfill of Jackson County were wounded.

The battle took place at Houser’s filling station, seven miles east of Platte City on Highway 71. The gunmen, accompanied by two women, had rented to cabins at the place a few days ago, and Wednesday came under suspicion.

Sheriff Coffey and deputies went to the cabins and were met by bullets as the men barricaded themselves and opened fire with a machine gun and an automatic rifle.

Sheriff Coffey and his men withdrew and asked for reinforcements. They were joined by Kansas City detectives, Jackson County deputies and highway patrolmen, and efforts to capture the bandits resumed.

The bandits and women got into their car, and broke through the ring of fire. One report was that the car was near the cabin and the bandits had to dash through the rain of bullets to reach it. One of the fugitives was reported to have fallen three times in running for the car, and it was believed h was wounded.

Several blood-soaked surgical dressings, and automatic rifle and six revolvers were found in the cabin.

Sheriff Coffey took his son and Highfill to a hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Sheriff Coffey’s neck was grazed by a bullet, his son, Clarence, was hit in the arm and neck, and Highfill in the leg. The sheriff’s wound was slight, and the other two are expected to recover.

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