I-35 & US 79
16 miles N of Austin
Population: 61,136 (2000) 30,923 (1990)
there really was a Round Rock, and you can even see it. Judge for yourself if
it even looks remotely round. Although its population and proximity to Austin
make it seem out of place, we're including it for it's abundant limestone buildings.
It's also a pleasant place to play hooky from Austin.
Remember when Austin was a hooky
The Chamber of Commerce has some old photographs
and memorabilia of the town displayed in a comfortable setting. Look them over
before entering the Chamber proper. Be prepared for a very businesslike atmosphere
toward the back. This is not a small town, remember. Their colorful brochure is
representative of the tightrope they seem to be walking between the past and the
future. An excellent, easy to read map shows all points of interest and then some.
The Round Rock is mentioned as well as the historical buildings, downtown, and
the cemetery where Sam Bass is buried.
I once chided Round Rock about Sam Bass Road. I had written that Gonzales
would never have named a street after John Wesley Hardin, even though he once
practiced law there. Imagine my surprise when I picked up The Story of Sam
Bass, in the Chamber of Commerce and read an anonymous biography that was
harder on him than I had been. We both used the word "inept" and the phrase "blown
out of proportion". His name isn't even remotely euphonic, and is missing the
all-important third name like John Wesley Hardin or Billy the Kid. So why did
he become a legend?
Hairy Man of Round Rock by Maggie Van Ostrand
Hairy Man's the real thing and he's been there back since pioneers built cabins
and helped conquer the West...
this day, the Hairy Man's ghost roams along the same shady road upon which he
had died such a grisly death, doomed forever to seek return of the life that was
so violently ripped from him.
Kindly Texans have since tried to make it
up to him by celebrating an annual Hairy Man Festival each October, Halloween
month. There are food, fun, and festivities galore, including a Hairy Man Contest...
short life of Sam Bass by Bob Bowman
For more than four years,
we have been working on a new book, “Bad to the Bone,” a collection of outlaws
who left their imprint on East Texas. One of the best known outlaws was Sam Bass...
Bass: The Not So Merry Bandit by Clay Coppedge
Old West bandit Sam Bass buried all the gold he is said to have buried in Central
Texas, he would have been a wealthy man indeed. He wouldn't have made the fatal
decision to rob a bank in Round Rock in July of 1878. He would simply have stopped
by one of the caves where millions of his dollars are said to have been buried,
and hightailed it to Mexico, incognito. Likewise, if he stopped by every place
he is said to have been sighted on that ill-fated trip to Round Rock... more
outlaw Sam Bass inspired tall tales by Murray Montgomery
was only 27 years old when he met his maker, but during his short life he became
the subject of cowboy songs and tall tales which were told around many a campfire
Rock Points of InterestThe
Palm House Museum
212 East Main Street
Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
1:00 - 5:00 pmRound
Rock Chamber of Commerce
212 East Main Street
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