Sam Bass, Notorious Train Robber
Favorite thing: According to accounts of his personality, Sam Bass committed train robberies more for amusement than anything else. He gave little thought to whether anyone would be injured 'physically or financially' from his antics. It's said that his 'legend is greater than his actual deeds'.
Sam Bass's good nature and money seemed to attract people to his gang. When he traveled throughout Texas, he explained his wealth as having been accumulated from prospecting in the Black Hills.
In order to commit some of his crimes, some think he most likely had to hide his gold...maybe somewhere in Texas! Perhaps it was in a cave in East Mountain at Mineral Wells or west of Prairie Dell near Big Blue Spring. In spite of the efforts of a few, no one has ever reported finding old Sam Bass's gold.
Eventually, the Bass Gang's amateurish crimes led to gunfights, which resulted in deaths. The final round-up was in Round Rock, when Sam was confronted for having more guns than was permitted in that town. This confrontation ended the life of Sam Bass.
He is sometimes referred to as "Texas' Beloved Bandit". For more on Sam's history, go to www.roundrocktexas.gov.
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The Robert G. and Helen Griffith Public Library
Favorite thing: It's hard to miss this modern building near the historic area. Aside from operating as a public library, the Robert G. and Helen Griffith Public Library houses a genealogy and local history collection* on its second floor.
The Williamson County Genealogical Society has centered over 20 years of work here. The focus of these collections is U.S. genealogy, the Southern states, Texas, Williamson County and the surrounding counties.
Those living close by having a yen for history might want to drop by the society's meetings, scheduled on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm. (Exception: August and December, there is no meeting). The public is invited.
*The library's website states that the collection is comprised of 2,000 printed volumns, over 200 CD's, 200 reels of microfilm and about 150 genealogical periodicals.
FYI: The Robert G. and Helen Griffith Public Library was erected in 1999: R. Gill and Associates, architect and C.P. Sider Construction Company,general contractor.
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