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Apr 30, 2019 - Judge Roy Bean

Phantly Roy Bean, Jr. (c. 1825 – March 16, 1903) was an eccentric American saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County, Texas, who called himself "The Law West of the Pecos". According to legend, he held court in his saloon along the Rio Grande on a desolate stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert of southwest Texas. After his death, Western films and books cast him as a hanging judge, although he is known to have sentenced only two men to hang, one of whom escaped. A saloonkeeper and adventurer, Bean's claim to fame rested on the...

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2019 RV Adventure

Jan 26, 2014 - Judge Roy Bean--The Hangin' Judge

The Chihuahuan desert of West Texas is fairly desolate. You wonder why anyone would choose to live in this forbidding place. We ask ourselves that a lot. Why did the ancient peoples stop here to live? My goodness there are certainly areas where life would be much easier. Why did settlers come here to ranch and farm? You battle blizzards, drought and rocks. Not to mention that the local inhabitants of the 19th century were not to keen on new neighbors. Everything in Texas is bigger and badder. Texans are larger than life. It takes big guts...

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Gulliver's Travels

Dec 23, 2012 - Road to Fort Davis Texas

Once we were out of Del Rio on route 90 there wasn't much to see, there would be a few houses here and there, lots of Ranch signs but no people. We stopped in Langtry Texas, Judge Roy Bean's town, wasn't much there, a real nice Visitor center, the original Jersey Lilly Saloon which along with the town was named after Lilly Langtry, an actress Bean was fascinated with, and his house. These people have to drive about a 100 miles to grocery shop. Arrived Fort Davis around 5pm, it's cold here, we are 5000 feet now. Dallas just hooked up the...

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Jan 23, 2012 - Seminole Canyon State Park to Marfa, Texas

Our Monday started out much better than our Sunday ended. It's another bright sunny day, warming up now that the sun is out and promising to be a good day to take in the sights. We stopped at the ranger station at the entrance to the park and looked at the exhibit they have created telling the history of the canyon. Early man first visited this area 12,000 years ago, a time when now-extinct species of elephant, camel, bison, and horse roamed the landscape. The climate at that time was more moderate than today and supported a more lush...

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On The Road Again!

Nov 23, 2009 - Big Bend NP

For most love of the desert doesn't come immediately. With knowledge and exploring a fondness has developed for the subtle colors, cacti, lack of trees(as we know them), rock formations, etc. Big Bend National Park is welcoming. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CORKY!! How many times have you longed to be "out of touch", no phone, no Internet? We are technologically removed from our friends and family. It is somewhat of an odd feeling. There is a "high" spot in the main road where cars can be seen pulled over to use cell phones-rather humorous looking....

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2 fulltimers

Nov 22, 2009 - Langtry, Tx

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...

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2 fulltimers

Nov 7, 2009 - Alpine, TX to Langtry, TX

Departure time: 2:15pm Arrival time: 5:45pm 145 Miles Where to now and what should we do? Those questions have been asked over and over again. We think we’ve made a decision and then we come up with a new plan or idea. As of today we’re sticking with the original travel destination but we’ll be driving 2 vehicles until we can find a used tow dolly. The alteration to the vehicle, to tow it four wheels on the ground, is just not realistic out here in the middle of nowhere. And if we do decide to make the alteration, we have a mechanic in...

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Apr 21, 2009 - On the road again-Langtry,Texas

On the road again, here we go-- the first leg of this journey will take us to Yuma,Az and then after a couple weeks on to Idaho to work camp for the summer. First day was just a short run to Langtry,Texas as the last time we came through the south edge of Texas I was driving down the highway and all of a sudden Dave sees this sign for Langtry- the home of Judge Roy Bean(the hanging judge- the law west of the Pecos) but I drove past the turn just as he decided he wanted to stop and see it so Now we did stop. The yucca & cactus are in bloom ....

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year5-Here we go

Apr 7, 2009 - Heading for Hill Country

We left Lajitas as the crack of 12:30. We got in too late Sunday to do any kind of packing so we had to do it all the morning we were leaving. We have way too many toys, but are not willing to give any of them up, yet. We had not made any plans for where we are going to stay tonight. So we are just heading out. We are on our way to Hondo, TX to stay at the SKP Park called Lone Star Corral. How Texas sounding is that. It is some 430 miles east. We drove north on TX 118 back through Alpine and meandered our way to to Langtry,TX the home of...

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Apr 8, 2008 - Langtry, TX Judge Roy Bean

Judge Roy Bean, the law west of the Pecos, was a frontier store proprietor who was appointed the first Justice of the Peace in 1882. He had one law book and ruled in unconventional ways leading to colorful stories and legends. The ‘Jersey Lilly” was the saloon, courthouse and billiard hall all in one. His opera house and a cactus garden are open also. Well worth a stop along Hwy 90.

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Feb 16, 2008 - Langtry, Texas

We were so looking forward to seeing the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center. Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative and we couldn't stand outside long enough to focus the camera, let alone take a picture. If you ever get to Langtry, Texas, please stop by, because the gardens alone could take your breath away. It's a really nice place!

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Dec 27, 2007 - Heading further west

Travel days leaving Texas and heading further west. Next stop was Deming, NM, which was an 850 mile trip. Took 3 days of indirect route, experiencing for the first time a "Inspection Station" manned by the Border Patrol. Also stopped at the Judge Roy Bean Historical site. If we had taken major route travel, we would have missed this site. During this trek, severed a towing safety cable by dragging the hitch going through a steep entrance to an overnight spot. At this time also was the stop in El Paso to get the shock absorber bolt replaced....

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