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VINEGARROON, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Val Verde County, West Texas

At the junction of the Pecos River and the Rio Grande
Present Day Site Marker and Lookout:
US 90
12 Miles SE of Langtry
About 5 miles NW of the Pecos River High Bridge
Population: 0

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Site of Vinegarroon TX
Site of Vinegarroon
Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, September 2011

History in a Pecan Shell

The region is now famous for the high bridge and the local pre-Columbian artwork on area cliffs. The name was from one of the region’s denizens, the whip scorpion. The fanciful name comes from the acrid odor the arachnid emits when alarmed (or stomped). The town came into being in 1881 with the arrival of “Judge” Roy Bean. Bean, who had left San Antonio under a dark cloud, was one of Texas’ most colorful characters and was undoubtedly aware of the impending arrival of the railroad (The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio).

The site became a camp for railroad workers, most of them fleeced by Bean in one way or another. With the construction of the Pecos High Bridge, the rails were shifted and Bean left Vinegarroon for Langtry, the town with which he is most famously associated.


Photographer’s Note:
“This marker and its location may be of more interest than the actual townsite of Vinegarroon. It is in a rather desolate but uniquely beautiful desert roadside park, high on the top of a road cut on US 90 some 12 miles SE of Langtry. The other prominent crossing of the Pecos, the railroad bridge, is visible from the Vinegarroon marker site only with binoculars or a telephoto lens.” - Barclay Gibson
TX - Former Vinegarroon Station
Former Vinegarroon Station
Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, June 2014
Tx - RR Bridge Over Pecos
View of the RR Bridge Over Pecos
from Vinegarroon marker site

Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, Septem ber, 2011
Vinegarroon Tx  Historical Marker
Vinegarroon Historical Marker
Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, September, 2011
Historical Marker - on US 90
10 miles E of Langtry
4.6 miles W of Pecos River bridge

Site of Vinegarroon

Crossing the Pecos River Canyon was the last major obstacle in the Souther Pacific Railroad faced in completing its southern transcontinental route linking New Orleans and San Francisco. At "Tunnel No. 2" was excavated on the west side of the canyon in 1882, a camp for the railroad workers was established near the site. Named Vinegarroon for a type of scorpion found in the area, the camp served as a temporary home for thousands of primarily Chinese laborers. Roy Bean had a saloon and served as Justice of the Peace in Vinegarroon until it was abandoned after the rail line was complete in 1883.
(2001)
Vinegarroon Tx - Hwy Overlook
The Highway Overlook
Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, September, 2011
Vinegarroon Tx - Gazebo
Gazebo on the roadside park
Photo courtesy of Barclay Gibson, September, 2011
Val Verde County TX 1940 Map
Val Verde County County 1940s map
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Vinegarroon, Texas Nearby Towns:
Del Rio the county seat
Langtry

Val Verde County - Towns & Ghost Towns

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