The Law West of the Pecos

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Judge Roy Bean, known as the “Law West of the Pecos,” holding court in the town of Langtry, Texas in 1900. Pictured is the trial of a horse thief. The courthouse doubled as a saloon.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.
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1 Response to The Law West of the Pecos

  1. XYZ says:

    That’s the Jersey Lilly, so named in honor of the British actress Lilly Langtry. Worth a visit if you’re ever down in the area.

    “In 1896 the world-championship boxing match between Peter Mahar of Ireland and Bob Fitzsimmons of Australia took place near Langtry through the secret machinations of Roy Bean. Because the state and Mexican governments had prohibited the fight, Bean arranged to hold it on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, knowing the Mexican authorities could not conveniently reach the site. The spectators arrived aboard a chartered train; after a profitable delay contrived by Bean, the crowd witnessed Fitzsimmons’s defeat of Mahar.”


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