On Feb. 22, 1878, Sam Bass and his gang pulled the first train robbery in Texas history hitting the Texas Central at Allen Station 24 miles north of Dallas.

Fed up with the daily drudgery on his uncle’s Indiana farm, young Sam Bass headed southwest in 1869 to make his cowboy dream come true. Hired by a rancher outside Denton, the likable youth was a steady hand for several years.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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