One of Judge Roy Bean’s most outrageous rulings occurred when an Irishman was accused of killing a Chinese worker. Friends of the Irishman threatened to destroy the Jersey Lilly if he was found guilty. When he was taken to court, Bean browsed through his law book and after turning numerous pages, he rapped his pistol on the bar and proclaimed, “Gentlemen, I find the law very explicit on murdering your fellow man, but there’s nothing here about killing a Chinaman. Case dismissed.”
The famed handcart companies of the Mormons took place between 1856 and 1860. During that four-year period, 2,962 Mormons pushed and pulled 655 handcarts a distance of 1,300 miles.
The Overland Mail was a stage-coach line that delivered mail and people from California to Missouri in about 24 days.
The Texas Rangers date back to the Alamo and are today the oldest active law enforcement agency in the United States.