Sanderson, Texas sits on the Eastern edge of Big Bend in West Texas. A once a bustling cattle town in the heart of Terrell County, Sanderson is now a small, quiet town of approximately 500 people. Sanderson was founded in 1882 by the Southern Pacific Railroad as a refueling and crew changing station.
Sanderson is notable for having one of the last full-scale train robberies in the US. In March of 1912 Ben Kilpatrick and his partner Ole Hobek attempted to rob a Southern Pacific express car but were both killed in the process. They are both buried in Sanderson's cemetery.
Sanderson was also devastated by a flood in June of 1965 which killed nearly 30 people. After the flood a dozen dams were built to control water flows down Sanderson canyon.
The town has slowly declined since the railroad ceased operations in the town in 1995.
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