Frontier Facts & Trivia

Judge Roy Bean

Judge Roy Bean

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.”

Louisa Ann Swain, a seventy-year-old woman, became the first woman in America to vote in a public election at Laramie, Wyoming on September 6, 1870.

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.

In 1889, homesteaders Ellen “Cattle Kate” Watson, and James Averell, were hanged by Wyoming cattlemen, allegedly for cattle rustling. Historians, have since found; however, that they were innocent.

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.



By Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, , last updated August, 2017.

Also See:

The Code of the West

Old West Insults & Sayings

Old West Wisdom

Western Slang & Phrases

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