|Celia Yeary, author|
Romance...and a Little Bit of Texas
Copyright © 2011 Celia Yeary
Langtry, Texas-Pop. 30 (est.)
|Judge Roy Bean|
Judge Roy Bean, the self-appointed “Law West of the Pecos,” became a saloonkeeper and Justice of the Peace on the Rio Grande in a desolate stretch of the Chihuahua Desert of SW Texas. When the Texas Rangers weren’t around to stop him, he brazenly held court.
In 1972, Paul Newman played Roy Bean in a movie titled "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean." Notice the similarities between the real Roy Bean and Paul Newman in these similar poses.
|Paul Newman as|
Judge Roy Bean
However, young women considered Bean handsome, and often competed for his attention. In San Diego, a Scotsman named Collins challenged Bean to a pistol shooting match on horseback. He allowed Bean to choose the target, and Roy Bean decided they would shoot at each other. Bean shot Collins in the arm. The sheriff arrested both men and charged them with attempted murder. During the two months in jail, Bean received many gifts of flowers, food, wine, and cigars from the ladies of San Diego.
The last gift included knives encased in tamales. He used the knives to dig through the cell wall.
In Southwest Texas by the Rio Grande, the small town of Langtry was established as a construction junction from east and west during the building of the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway. Two origins of the town’s name are under dispute. One claim says the town was named for a civil engineer named Langtry who directed a group of Chinese laborers in the railroad construction. The other more popular and accepted claim is that Judge Roy Bean, an eccentric, colorful character, insisted he named the town after his idol, English actress Lillie Langtry, "The Jersey Lily.”
Today, a Texas Visitor’s Center sits next to the preserved 150-year-old-saloon in Langtry, Texas. The center is well maintained, with clean restrooms, a snack area, landscaping, and a gift shop.
Thanks so much, Celia!
Wow, three commenters this week will win! Celia was here at RTW on Monday with an interview and an excerpt of Texas Blue. Any comment all week enters you to win one of the three books Celia is offering. Be sure to include your email address or we'll have to pick another winner.
I'd love to give away more than one thing: a pdf of Texas True, a pdf of Texas Promise, and a pdf of Angel and the Cowboy. Jacquie will help me choose three visitors, I'll ask each one which she'd like to have.
Thanks so much, Celia!
Wow, three commenters this week will win! Celia will be here on Thursday with a wonderful article on Judge Roy Bean. Any comment all week enters you to win one of the three books Celia is offering. Be sure to include your email address or we'll have to pick aother winner.