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
This building was named the "Jersey Lilly" for the famous English actress Lillie Langtry whom Bean admired and for whom he claimed to have named the town. His lamp frequently burned into the night as he composed letters to her, but he never saw her since her only visit to Langtry occurred in 1904, less than a year after Bean died.
Erected 1963 by Texas Highway Department. (Marker Number 3052.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement • Settlements & Settlers • Sports • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is February 21, 1896.
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 Highway 25. The Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center contains some of Bean's personal items and more information. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Langtry TX 78871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 0.4 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Langtry.
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