Geography of Denton County Page: 33
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A strange turn of fate it was, that Dad Egan, who
had given Sam Bass work and who had learned to love
the boy, should be elected sheriff of Denton County at
the very time Sam turned into an outlaw. At one time
there were newspaper men, secret service men, soldiers,
business men, and others, possibly several hundred in
all, who were stationed in Denton County, trying to
help capture him. For three months many of these
men searched North Texas for Sam. During the sum-
mer of 1878 Sam rode south, stopping in Round Rock,
Texas. He camped with his gang near the cemetery
in Round Rock and planned the robbery of the Round
Rock bank for Saturday morning, July 20. The State
Rangers had been given information of the plan and
were waiting for the gang. The day before the bank
was to be robbed, Sam and his pals engaged in a gun
battle with officers in the streets of Round Rock, and
Sam was mortally wounded. He made his escape, but
the next day, Saturday, he was caught in the region im-
mediately north of Round Rock.
On Sunday, July 21, 1878, he died. (This was his
twenty-seventh birthday.) He is buried in the cemetery
in Round Rock. The monument at his grave is the third
which has been placed there. Souvenir hunters have
chipped away the other two stones.
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Cowling, Mary Jo. Geography of Denton County, book, 1936; Dallas, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth90885/m1/48/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.