When he was hanged, the rope stretched and Bean was able to stay alive. This experience left Bean with a permanent rope burn and a stiff neck for the rest of his life. It advertised liquor and "a fine billiard table. After taking money from his brother's safe, Bean joined the retreating army. For the remainder of the war, he ran the naval blockade by hauling cotton from San Antonio to British ships off the coast at Matamoros and returning with needed supplies.
During this time he attempted to run a firewood business by cutting down a neighbor's timber. He then tried to run a dairy business but was soon caught watering down the milk.
Bean later worked as a butcher, rustling unbranded cattle from other area ranchers for his business. On October 28, , he married eighteen-year-old Virginia Chavez. At the time, Bean and his wife were separated and he had left his children with friends as he prepared to go west. With the money he received, Bean purchased a tent, some supplies to sell, and ten gallon barrels of whiskey.
By the spring of , he had established a small saloon near the Pecos River in a tent city he named Vinegaroon. One of his first acts as a justice of the peace was to "shoot [ Jurors, who were chosen from his best bar customers, were expected to buy a drink during every court recess. During the trial, a mob of angry Irishmen surrounded the courtroom and saloon, threatening to lynch Bean if O'Rourke was not freed.
After looking through his law book, Bean ruled that "homicide was the killing of a human being; however, he could find no law against killing a Chinaman " and subsequently dismissed the case. He sent for his children, who then lived with him at the saloon, with his youngest son Sam sleeping on a pool table. The original owner of the land, who ran a saloon, had sold acres 2. Bean refused to send the state any part of the fines, and kept all of the money. During his term as a judge, Bean is known to have sentenced only two men to hang, one of whom escaped.
Horse thieves , who were often sentenced to death in other jurisdictions, were always let go if the horses were returned to their owners.
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The following year, the commissioner's court created a new precinct in the county and appointed Bean to be the new justice of the peace. He continued to be re-elected until Even after that election defeat he "refused to surrender his seal and law book and continued to try all cases north of the tracks". In , Bean received word that railroad developer and speculator Jay Gould was planning to pass through Langtry on a special train. Bean flagged down the train using a danger signal.
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Thinking the bridge was out the train engineer stopped the train. Bean then invited Gould and his daughter to visit the saloon as his guests. The Goulds visited for two hours, causing a brief panic on the New York Stock Exchange when it was reported that Gould had been killed in a train crash. Based primarily in Amarillo and later Austin , Twichell surveyed of the Texan counties.
As he aged, Bean spent much of his profits helping the poor of the area and always made sure that the local schoolhouse had free firewood in winter. Media related to Roy Bean at Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Wayne's acting in King of the Pecos and his early movies in general were a little bland, but it kept my interest. The story line could also have been a little more interesting but that was kind of the way many early Westerns went. I noticed that there were a lot of horse related accidents in this movie.
There were horses falling to the ground throwing their riders, and even horses running into other horses when a wagon goes over the cliff. It looked like there was a good chance that they may have been hurt, and wonder how concerned the producers and writers were in those days. If you like early Westerns and John Wayne in particular it's worth watching. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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