Allen Railroad History / Sam Bass Day Celebration

Sam Bass (back left) and his gang pulled off the first successful train robbery in Texas at the Allen Train Depot in 1878.

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The annual Allen Railroad History / Sam Bass Day celebration commemorates Allen being founded by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) in the 1870s. At 11:10 a.m., historian Warren Johnson tells the story of Sam Bass, then at 12:30 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m., Allen High School drama students will re-enact the famous Sam Bass robbery. Several family-friendly activities are planned: ring the Ebenezer Allen steam train bell; watch blacksmiths at work; and take your picture as part of the Sam Bass gang.

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