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

The Torres Family

 
 
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By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
1. The Torres Family Marker
Inscription. In the 1870-80s, brothers Cesario, Bernardo and Juan Torres were prominent west Texas citizens due to their irrigation work in the region. For work out west, Bernardo received land in Val Verde County at the Rio Grande - Pecos River confluence. His land was chosen as the route of the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio rail line. After Bernardo's death in 1882, Cesario acquired the land, established the 7D ranch and gave land for the railroad tracks and depot. His son, Jesus Pablo "J. P." Torres, was reportedly the first permanent resident of Langtry, then called Eagle's Nest. J.P. was also Val Verde County's first Hispanic elected official. He and his rival Roy Bean alternately served as Justices of the Peace in the 1890s.
 
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12987.)
 
Location. 29° 48.51′ N, 101° 33.556′ W. Marker is in Langtry, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on Torres Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. 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. William H. Dodd (within shouting distance of this marker); Langtry (within
The Torres house ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
2. The Torres house ruins and Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Jersey Lily Saloon - - 1882 - 1903 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Law West of the Pecos (about 500 feet away); Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert Thomas Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eagle’s Nest (approx. 0.3 miles away); Railroad Bridges Over the Pecos (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Langtry.
 
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The Torres house ruins image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
3. The Torres house ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,681 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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