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Langtry in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Vinegarroon

 
 
Site of Vinegarroon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
1. Site of Vinegarroon Marker
Inscription.
Crossing the Pecos River Canyon was the last major obstacle the Southern Pacific Railroad faced in completing its southern transcontinental route linking New Orleans and San Francisco. As "Tunnel No. 2" was excavated on the west side of the canyon in 1882, a camp for the railroad workers was established near the site. Named Vinegarroon for a type of scorpion found in the area, the camp served as a temporary home for thousands of primarily Chinese laborers. Roy Bean had a saloon and served as Justice of the Peace in Vinegarroon until it was abandoned after the rail line was completed in 1883.
 
Erected 2001 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12694.)
 
Location. 29° 45.969′ N, 101° 23.181′ W. Marker is in Langtry, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 90 4.5 miles north of the Pecos River, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is one of three in a roadside pull-off about 4.6 miles northwest of the Pecos River High Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Langtry TX 78871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Near Site, Southern Pacific Ceremony of Silver Spike (within shouting distance
"Site of Vinegarroon" marker is one of the three image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 9, 2010
2. "Site of Vinegarroon" marker is one of the three
relocated to this roadside pull-off, northwest of the Pecos River High Bridge.
of this marker); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pecos River in Literature and Folklore (approx. 4.6 miles away); Pecos River High Bridge (approx. 4.6 miles away); Medal of Honor Fight, 1875 (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight (approx. 10.5 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 10.6 miles away); Robert Thomas Hill (approx. 10.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Langtry.
 
More about this marker. Google Maps identifies the area as Del Rio Northwest, TX
 
Additional keywords. Alien workers.
 
Categories. Asian AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
Site of Vinegarroon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, June 4, 2009
3. Site of Vinegarroon Marker
Gazebo in roadside park associated with marker
Stone ruins of Vinegaroon high above the Rio Grande River image. Click for full size.
By William F Haenn, January 2003
4. Stone ruins of Vinegaroon high above the Rio Grande River
Site is on private property and directly above tunnel #2. The 1883 S.P.R.R. roadbed is clearly visible traversing along the left canyon wall of the Rio Grande.
 
 
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