The Hanging Judge, Judge Roy Bean, is one of the many colorful characters who enliven the history of the Chihuahuan Desert West of the Pecos. Bob Katz’s article, “Judge Roy Bean. Law West of the Pecos — the Hanging Judge” is published at the website chihuahuandesert.org.
From the article: “These days, almost 100,000 sightseers visit Langtry each year. Tourists from all over the world arrive by car, train and tour bus, seeking the romance of the American West. “Where’s your hangin’ tree?” is their most common question. But from the steps ofjudge-roy-bean.html the Jersey Lily saloon, one can only see the remnants of an old mesquite tree, a dozen sad and dusty buildings and the hot, unforgiving Chihuahuan Desert all about. The nearest courtroom is in Del Rio, 50 miles away.”