Langtry in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Law West of the Pecos
The Judge's "Law Library" consisted of a single volume, an 1879 copy of the revised statutes of Texas. He seldom consulted it, however, calling instead on his own ideas about the brand of justice which should apply. This he effectively dispensed together with liberal quantities of bluff and bluster. Since Langtry had no jail, all offenses were deemed finable with Bean pocketing the fines. Drunken prisoners often were chained to mesquite trees in front of the building until they sobered up enough to stand trial.
Bean reached a peak of notoriety when, on February 21, 1896, he staged the banned Fitzsimmons-Maher heavyweight title fight on a sand bar in the Rio Grande River, a stone's throw from his front porch. By holding it on Mexican territory he outwitted Texas Rangers sent to stop the match--and turned a handsome profit for his shrewdness.
Erected 1963 by Texas Historical Department. (Marker Number 3052.)
Location. 29° 48.556′ N, 101° 33.624′ W. Marker is in Langtry, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker can be reached from Torres Avenue near Loop Texas Route 25. Click for map. The Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center contains some of Bean's personal items and more information. 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. Jersey Lily Saloon - - 1882 - 1903 (a few steps from this marker); Langtry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William H. Dodd (about 400 feet away); The Torres Family (about 500 feet away); Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Thomas Hill Eagle’s Nest (approx. 0.4 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 10.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Langtry.
Also see . . . Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center. (Submitted on March 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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