Inscription. An uneducated Indiana orphan who drifted to Texas as a youth, Sam Bass won fame racing his swift “Denton Mare”, gambling, and robbing trains. A rich haul in Nebraska was followed by months of reckless spending. Bass liked to shower gold on people who fed or harbored him while he eluded law officers. In July 1878 he came to Round Rock to rob a bank, and was shot by Texas Rangers. Gallant to the last, refusing to name guilty partners, he became a hero to 19th century balladeers. His celebrated grave is situated in Old Round Rock Cemetery.
By Keith Peterson
|1. Sam Bass' Death Site Marker|
Erected 1981 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9031.)
Location. 30° 30.519′ N, 97° 40.753′ W. Marker is in Round Rock, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on West Main Avenue (Farm to Market Road 620) near Round Rock Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Round Rock TX 78664, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Otto Reinke Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Broom Factory Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Commercial Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew J. Palm House (about 600 feet away); Nelson-Crier House (approx. ¼ mile away); A. J. and Carolina Anderson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Olson House (approx. half a mile away); The Pioneer Builders (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Round Rock.
By Keith Peterson, December 27, 2009
|2. Sam Bass' Death Site Marker|
|View from Main Avenue at Mays Street|
Marker can be seen under the tree.
Also see . . . The Story of Sam Bass, Sam meet his fate in Round Rock. "an account of his 27-year life, focusing mostly on his final days in Round Rock." (Submitted on December 7, 2009.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,127 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on December 2, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. 2. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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