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Langtry, Texas

In the deep Southwest Texas by the Rio Grande, the village of Langtry was established in 1881 when the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway was building through. Langtry was the junction of construction from east and west. Two origins of the town's name exist, one prosaic, the other romantic. One credits the town name to a civil engineer named Langtry who directed a group of Chinese laborers in the railroad construction. But colorful Judge Roy Bean insisted he named the town after his idol, English actress, Lillie Langtry, the "Jersey Lilly."

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Fate Bell Shelter

Fate Bell Shelter is located in Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. The shelter, which is a state archeological landmark, was named after Mrs. Fate Bell, who owned the land that the shelter occupies. Fate Bell Shelter is a deeply stratified rock shelter containing evidence of over 8,000

Langtry, TX Archaeology

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. 9

Langtry, TX Scenic Drives

Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center

In Southwest Texas on U.S. Highway 90 West, 60 miles west of Del Rio, one of the 12

Langtry, TX Visitors Centers

Things to do near Langtry, TX

Permian Playhouse Community Theater

The Permian Playhouse of Odessa, Inc. is a non-profit organization and one of the oldest arts organizations in West Texas. Ou...

Haley Library and History Center

Learn all about Texas and Southwestern history, including the background of the cattle industry and the individuals who began...

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site

Precious water from infrequent rains "stored" in natural rock basins; for centuries a strategic travel stop in this arid regi...

Mendoza Trail Museum

Exhibits include relics of this recent frontier: Indian artifacts, fossils, mementos of the oil boom, and antique furniture. ...