DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Info about the first ever rodeo, held right here in Pecos, TX

Clay Allison lived here and died here (accidently). Students of the old...

A close up of Clay Allisons head stone.

Students of the old West also know about Judge Roy Bean and...

What was the Orient Saloon, now part of the museum. The bullet...

The RS Johnsons' Hotel next to his Orient saloon. It's all original,...

I know it's out of sequence, but hey I'm retired! I'm allowed...


Yes, my apologies to the people of Pecos. When we landed here, my previous blog entry mentioned that it isn't what we had expected. No, maybe not but there are a few interesting things to see and do. Noting the pics posted. Alot of interesting early west history was made. Clay Allison, notorious gunfighter had a ranch here, died during a freak buggy/wagon accident near his ranch. We found out the first rodeo ever was held, on July 4th 1883. The World's First Rodeo. During the 4th of July weekend each night is dedicated to this exciting sport. Next, we found the Judge Roy Bean replica outside the museum. The judge was appointed a circuit judge to enforce the law west of the Pecos River, which included Pecos. Every few months he would leave his headquarters in Langtry and come to Pecos and hold court a few blocks south of the museum. The original JRB saloon is still standing in Langtry, TX about 180 miles south of Pecos. Next, in 1896, RS Johnson a former Texas Ranger, built the two story red sandstone building. The first floor was a Saloon with bedrooms upstairs. In 1904, the three story Orient Hotel was added. Each room had a big rug, an iron bedstead, two chairs, a washstand with a large white bowl and pitcher, and a dresser with mirror. There was a "wash room" on the ground floor, and one large complete bathroom on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Water was supplied by an artesian well behind the hotel. The pressure was strong enough to take water to the top floor. This building was used as a hotel until the mid-1950's. During its hayday the hotel and the saloon were the place of gunfights and all the notorious outlaws and famous personalities came through at one time or another.

So there you have it. Alot of interesting stuff to do and see, once you start looking around.

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