Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Roy Bean, C. S. A.
Born in Kentucky. A trader in Mexico, 1848. Mining in New Mexico when Civil War broke out. As spy and scout, joined Texans in the Command of Gen. John R. Baylor during the 1861-1862 Arizona-New Mexico Campaign. Organized irregular company called "Free Rovers". In a narrow canyon, took part in capture of 800 Federals by 250 Confederates. After 1862 was a Confederate freighter, hauling cotton to Matamoros from San Antonio and bringing into Texas wartime goods: guns, ammunition, medicines, cloth, shoes, food.
In 1882, began following with a tent saloon crews building railroad along the Rio Grande. Cooperating with Texas Rangers, was appointed justice of peace - "Law West of the Pecos". Tamed rough frontier town of Langtry, where he spent rest of his life. Won fame in unique court decisions, as in trial and fining of a dead man for carrying a concealed weapon. Most widely celebrated show he staged was Fitzsimmons-Maher world championship boxing match, on a Rio Grande sand bar near his saloon in 1896.
Court was held in the saloon, where he displayed pictures of "The Jersey Lily"--British actress Lily Langtry, whom he never met. She visited town at his invitation, but only after Judge Bean's death. (1965)
Erected 1965 by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Location. 29° 21.075′ N, 100° 53.885′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on S. Main St. south of E. Duke St., on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the sidewalk in front of the Old Perry Building at the entrance to the Whitehead Memorial Museum. S. Main St. is one block west of Pecan St., and the museum is approximately one mile south of downtown Del Rio and W. Garfield Street (U.S. Hwy. 277). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1308 S. Main St., Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Perry Building (here, next to this marker); Seminole-Negro Scouts (here, next to this marker); The Cassinelli Gin House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Del Rio National Bank Building (approx. half a mile away); Camp Hudson, C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away); John Taini (approx. half a mile away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church (approx. half a mile away); Val Verde County Courthouse Square (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Del Rio.
Also see . . .
1. Roy Bean. (Submitted on October 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Find a Grave: Roy "Judge" Bean. (Submitted on October 16, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Whitehead Museum; Phantly Roy Bean, Jr. (c. 1825 – March 16, 1903).
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 613 times since then. Last updated on October 16, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.