Sam Bass Cave Near Pilot Knob

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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 ... continued below

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

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History and was provided by Denton Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 3402 times , with 93 in the last month . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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The Denton Public Library partnered with UNT Libraries on a grant From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History, which was completed in 2007. Materials include local history photographs, maps, city directories, and some books. Funding for this project was provided by the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation.

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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."

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

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From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History

These materials include historic photographs, books, maps, city directories, and records from numerous Denton women's clubs. Funding for this project was provided by the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation.

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  • April 20, 2006, 11:32 p.m.

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Sam Bass Cave Near Pilot Knob, photograph, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth12594/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.