Sam Bass Cave Near Pilot Knob

Description:

Exterior view of Sam Bass Cave located near Pilot Knob. The cave entrance is on the foreground in the left.

On July 6, 1947, the Denton Record-Chronicle published an article entitled, "Explorers Feel Curse of Sam Bass Cave." Four people had visited the Sam Bass cave a week earlier and come down with "relapsing fever." The explorers had been bitten by cave ticks. "According to Dr. J. H. Allen of Justin, who started practicing there in 1902, said the cave and some of the land in the immediate vicinity have always been infested with ticks."

"The cave is about 70 feet long, and about three miles northeast of Roanoke. Outlaw Sam Bass and his band of train robbers were operating out of Denton county around 1874, they hid in the cave and a nearby canyon."

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Denton County
Creation Date: Unknown
Partner(s):
Denton Public Library
Collection(s):
From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History
Usage:
Total Uses: 1,815
Past 30 days: 90
Yesterday: 0
Creator:
Unknown
Date(s):
  • Digitized: April 13, 2006
Coverage:
Place
United States - Texas - Denton County
Era
New South, Populism, Progressivism, and the Great Depression, 1877-1939
Description:

Exterior view of Sam Bass Cave located near Pilot Knob. The cave entrance is on the foreground in the left.

On July 6, 1947, the Denton Record-Chronicle published an article entitled, "Explorers Feel Curse of Sam Bass Cave." Four people had visited the Sam Bass cave a week earlier and come down with "relapsing fever." The explorers had been bitten by cave ticks. "According to Dr. J. H. Allen of Justin, who started practicing there in 1902, said the cave and some of the land in the immediate vicinity have always been infested with ticks."

"The cave is about 70 feet long, and about three miles northeast of Roanoke. Outlaw Sam Bass and his band of train robbers were operating out of Denton county around 1874, they hid in the cave and a nearby canyon."

Physical Description:

1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 7 in.

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Keyword(s): Bass, Sam | Sam Bass Cave | Pilot Knob
Partner:
Denton Public Library
Collection:
From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: PF_B-10-1
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metapth12594
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image
Rights:
Access: Public