The primary reason to visit Langtry is to see the saloon / courthouse called “The Jersey Lilly”. In August of 1882, a Texas Ranger requested a local law jurisdiction to be set up, and Roy Bean was appointed justice of the peace for the new Precinct 6 in Pecos County. He held court in the saloon he owned. He named the saloon after Lillie Langtry, an actress from the English Island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France. After his death, Lillie visited the town of Langtry on the border of Texas and Mexico.
The city of Langtry, Texas is an interesting place to visit. It overlooks the border between the United States and Mexico. The 2016 population was listed as 12 – yes 12. There is a Post Office, the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center, and some homes scattered about. Here are a few photos from my walking about town.
A great spot for a picnic! It is located near the Rio Grande River and you can locate it on this map from the Texas Parks & Wildlife. Just don’t cross the border between Texas and Mexico.
If you want a beautiful drive in Texas, you should try the Farm to Market Road 170. It is now one of my absolute favorites! There are wonderful views of the Rio Grande River, the Border of Texas and Mexico, the mountains of Big Bend Ranch State Park, the desert, and incredible sunsets. For the majority of my drive, I had this road all to myself, which is both scary and awesome. I kept wondering what would happen if my car broke down, then I would turn a corner or rise over a hill and be mesmerized by some new scenery that would help me forget my concerns. Trust me, it is one drive you should enjoy if you find yourself in this part of Texas. 🙂