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.