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GEOGRAPHY OF DENTON COUNTY
gold pieces from California. Sam and his gang of five
others robbed the train and "made a haul" of $60,000
(3000 gold pieces of $20 each). After this excitement,
the boys started back to Texas. The United States
soldiers were ordered to catch the gang of outlaws at
once and Collins was mortally shot by a U. S. soldier
about a week after the robbery. Sam did some quick
thinking; he bought an old, dilapidated, hack, put the
gold under the seat and drove back to Denton. It is
stated that officers rode with him part of the time on
his journey back to Denton, and that there was some
discussion of the robbery, but Bass was not apprehended
at this time. When he arrived in Denton with so much
gold, he quickly explained to his Denton friends that
he had visited the Dakota gold hills. He stayed in the
Denton area for some time where he had several ideal
hiding places. One hide-out was Cave Hollow, on
Clear Creek, just west of Bolivar; another rendezvous
was a few miles northeast of the present town of Lake
Dallas. Here on Big Elm where the immediately
adjacent area was covered with a thick growth of timber
and underbrush, Sam Bass found shelter and protection
from the law. In a cave on the side of Pilot Knob was
another favorite hiding place. While hiding in the
Denton area, he dashed forth frequently, and in a
period of a few weeks robbed several trains making
runs out of Dallas.
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/47/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.