Langtry is a town located in Val Verde County, Texas, United States, notable as the location of Judge Roy Bean, the "law west of the Pecos". In 1990 Langtry had a population of 145.
The town was originally established in 1882 by Southern Pacific, as a grading camp named "Eagle Nest". It was later renamed for George Langtry, an engineer and foreman working on the railroad. Roy Bean soon after arrived and set up a tent saloon on railroad land.
In 1884 a post office opened, and in 1892 the town was reported to have a general store, two saloons (one of them Bean's "The Jersey Lily", named after the Jersey actress Lillie Langtry who was unrelated to George Langtry), and the railroad depot, although most of the population of 150 lived in tents.
After Bean's death in 1903 the town began to decline; in the 1920s Southern Pacific moved its facilities away from the town, and the town population had dwindled to 50, and then to 40 by the 1970s. Tourism to the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry continues to keep the town alive.
Web Sites and Links
ChefMoz: LangtryDetailed restaurant listings and dining guide with reviews submitted by the public, and links to outside reviews. Search by name, cuisine, rating, or location.
Handbook of Texas Online: Langtry, TexasHistory and information about the community made famous by Judge Roy Bean.
Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center at LangtryTravel information center. Includes hours, photographs, location, and services.
Texas Escapes: Langtry, Texas, Val Verde CountyFeatures history, attractions, and photographs.
Texas Online: Langtry, TexasCommunity attractions, history, and information.