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In 1872, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad arrived in Allen, ultimately connecting its rail line from Galveston to Denison and the rest of the country. Arrival of the railroad changed the course of Allen’s history. It was February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his gang robbed the train at Allen Station, thereby committing the first successful train robbery in Texas.
To commemorate this event as well as learn more about trains and how they impacted our community, join in the celebration of the Allen Heritage Guild’s fifth annual Railroad History Day. Events for everyone in the family will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at the Allen Depot, 100 E. Main St.
Students are encouraged to enter the Sam Bass Day Art Contest. The request for this year’s contest is to draw or paint a steam locomotive that came through Allen in the 1870’s. Information can be obtained from the art teacher at each AISD school. Home school students can enroll at the Allen Heritage Guild’s website. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. Winners will receive a ribbon and first place winners in each category will receive a monetary award. The categories are K-3rd, 4th-6th, middle school and high school. Entries will picked up from each campus by February 8th. Winners will be announced on the Allen Heritage Guild web site on February 13.
Go to www.allenheritage.org for more information or call 972-727-8985.