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Evolving Texas scenery

A ranch entrance-no home in sight

4000 acre movie set of the Alamo

 

Ranch house up on the hill (movie set)

Border patrol route

A hunting preserve

Lake Amistad Natl Rec area(reservoir)

Pecos River(tributary of Rio Grande)

 

Rocky cliffs of Rio Grande on Mexican border

The original Judge Roy Bean law office/saloon

Visitor's center at Langtry, Tx home of the Judge

Original bar & contents

 

Judge's restored home

Telescopic photo of the Rio Grande cliffs Mexican border


Some days riding along causes a little head nodding. Langtry, TX perked up my sluggish self. It is a place to relive an era of the past. Someone please help me remember the name of the Clint Eastwood movie set in this town. The story began with the Southern Pacific railroad. You see Roy Bean found it easier to open beer bottles while practicing frontier law than work on the RR. He is THE self proclaimed Justice of the Peace west of Pecos River. I surely hope you are not laughing as you read this. The legends of the Judge are historical fact. The Roy Bean Visitor Center not only offers Texas travel info but an interpretation via six dioramas PLUS Judge Bean's historic site. His unconventional mix of law and saloon was rather entertaining. The movies accountant of his infatuation with Lilly Langtry must have been accurate. They corresponded for several years. Unfortunately, Miss Landry's arrival came two months post mortem. An unspoken rule of the RV world is to avoid after dark travel. Big Bend NP was not to be reached prior to sundown; therefore, utilizing a generous Texas picnic area was a neat experience. Highway 90 west sports lovely scenery with light traffic. This area had a historical marker regarding formation of the mountains. To the SW ran the Ouachita Mtns, making up the tail end of the Rockies. A 6,521' magma mountain, Santiago Peak, lies directly westerly of our location. All this leads up to the familiar early formation of the western US. Millions of years ago this entire area was under water with Big Bend NP at the bottom of the former ocean. Shortly, the beautiful sundown sky will be dark. We are anxious to view the spacious night sky.



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