In deep Southwest Texas by the Rio Grande, the village was established
1881 when Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway was building
through; was junction of construction from east and west. Two
origins of town's name exist; one prosaic, the other romantic.
one credits town name to a civil engineer named Langtry who directed
group of Chinese laborers in railroad construction. But colorful
Judge Roy Bean (see below) insisted he named town after his idol,
English actress Lillie Langtry, the "Jersey Lily."
High Bridge Adventures-Scenic boat tours on Pecos River and Rio
Grande. For information/reservations, write to P.O. Box 816,
Comstock, TX 78837 or call 915/292-4495.
JUDGE ROY BEAN VISITOR CENTER
SEMINOLE CANYON STATE PARK
- JUDGE ROY BEAN VISITOR CENTER-Features
rustic saloon, courtroom and billiard hall of Judge Roy Bean,
the colorful and controversial "Law West of the Pecos"
in 1880s. The center preserves historic site where Judge Bean
ruled with high-handed, but appropriate brand of homespun law,
outrageous humor and six shooter justice. Adjacent modern visitor
center interprets highlights of Judge Bean's career in six dioramas
with special sound programs. Travel counselors provide literature
and information about every part of Texas. Impressive cactus
garden displays flora of Southwest; plaques label specimens and
cite Indian/pioneer lore about the thorny plants. Self-guided
tape recorded tour of garden available. Free attraction, open
daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New
Year's; operated by Texas Department of Transportation.
- SCENIC OVERLOOK-U.S. 90 spans
arid, primitive land little changed since pioneers first made
their way across it in creaking wagons. One of the most formidable
barriers to early-day travel and civilization-was the precipitous
canyon of the Pecos River. Modern travelers can pause and picnic
in roadside park by U.S. 90 on east rim of canyon, about 18 miles
east of Langtry. View is spectacular and provides insight into
difficulties faced by pioneers who had to negotiate crossing without
a bridge of any kind. Water form Amistad Lake is now about 80
feet deep in canyon.
- SEMINOLE CANYON STATE PARK-Guided
hiking tours (strenuous) Wed. - Sun. at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. to
Fate Bell Shelter where 4,000-year-old rock art may be seen: visitor
center houses displays of early man and area history. Remainder
of park open daily; campsites and picnicking. Note: Park closed
for permit hunting in Jan.; only open on weekends. On U.S. 90,
20 miles east. Admission. 915/292-4464.
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