Among the best known of the criminal enterprises in Texas was the group known as the Barrow Gang. The only two individuals continuously associated with the group were Bonnie Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow. Their trail of crime covered much of Texas as well as places as distant as Minnesota and Indiana.
During the era of gangsters and organized crime, Texas hosted its fair share of guns, gambling, moonshine, morphine, ransom and robbery.
Much of downtown sprang up after the Texas Southern Railroad arrived in 1904. A century later, many of those buildings got a facelift when Winnsboro became a Texas Main Street City in the Texas Historical Commission’s downtown re-vitalization program. Some $12 million later, downtown’s spruced-up storefronts, reworked streets and sidewalks, and replica lighting offer a fresh yet nostalgic ambiance.