Vol 8, No 201
July 19, 1876
First Railroad to reach Fort Worth
Texas and Pacific
FORT WORTH (1876)
On this date in 1876, Texas and Pacific railroad became the first railroad to reach Fort Worth. Eventually the railroad extended from Louisiana to El Paso, and became the Primary line to carry passengers and freight westward from Dallas-Fort Worth.
Lake Arlington Dam completed
On this date in 1957, construction was completed on the dam creating Lake Arlington.
Sam Bass wounded in Shootout in Round Rock
ROUND ROCK (1878)
On this date in 1878, Sam Bass and his gang were scouting out banks in Round Rock planning a robbery for the following day.
Texas Rangers, tipped off that Sam Bass was in town, were waiting, but were caught off guard by Bass and his men. In the shootout that followed, one of Bass's gang was killed, one escaped, and Bass himself was fatally wounded. Sam Bass died two days later. His grave is still an attraction at the cemetery on Sam Bass Road, just west of I-35.