Bed & Breakfast, Meeting Hall, Banquet Facility, Reunions, Events, Weddings...
December 7, 2013
5th Annual BBQ Cook-Off Sanctioned
December 6th - 8th 2013
7th Annual Christmas Shoot & Texas State Black Powder
Tin Star Ranch
456 Tin Star Road
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
For reservations please call
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Toll Free: 877-782-7379
The Old West Town at Tin Star Ranch features exact replicas of historic buildings from the western frontier. Along Front Street you'll find Judge Roy Bean's Jersey Lily Saloon, The Alamo, The Longhorn Palace Saloon, and the Dry Bean made famous in Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove". The back of each building is part of an old west shooting range. The Longhorn Palace Saloon is available for weddings, meetings, and family reunions and can accommodate up to 200 guests.
The Longhorn Palace at Tin Star (the saloon) provides a unique setting to celebrate special occasions. The building is a newly built replica of an 1880's Victorian-style saloon complete with 30-foot oak bar. The central meeting area covers 2500-square feet with 14-foot ceilings. While visiting one may walk the streets of an authentic replica of Dodge City or visit Lonesome Dove, The Jersey Lily (Judge Roy Bean's Saloon) or The Alamo. Built on a hill, views of the surrounding pastures and hillsides are breathtaking.
Established in 1872, Dodge City began as a center of the buffalo trade, but after 1876, Texas cattle and cowboys were the town's economic mainstay. Dodge kept them coming up the Western Trail with a free-for-all attitude that soon made it one of the most violent towns in the West. Local farmers finally closed the area to cattle drives in 1885, and the "Queen of the Cow Towns" passed into legend.
Originally named Missión San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724.
While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds - a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
The Jersey Lilly and the Dry Bean
The Jersey Lilly
According to the myth, Roy Bean named his saloon after the love of his life, Lilly Langtry, a British actress he’d never met. Calling himself the “Law West of the Pecos”, he is reputed to have sentenced dozens to the gallows, saying “Hang ‘em first, try ‘em later”.
For years, Roy boasted of his “acquaintance with Miss Lilly Langtry”, and promised locals she would one day arrive and sing in Langtry. In 1886 after his first saloon was destroyed by fire, Roy rebuilt the Jersey Lilly and constructed a home for himself across the street, which he called the Opera house, anticipating the day when Lilly would perform there. Roy never met Miss Lilly, but he often wrote her, and she is purported to have written back, even sending him 2 pistols, which he cherished till his dying day.
Contrary to the Larry Mc Murtry novel “Streets of Laredo”, Roy was not gunned down by a Mexican outlaw on the steps of the Jersey Lilly. In March 1903, Roy went on a drinking binge in Del Rio and simply died peacefully in his bed the following morning.
These days, almost 100,000 sightseers visit Langtry each year. “Where’s your hangin’ tree?” is their most common question. But from the steps from the Jersey Lilly saloon, one can only see the remnants of an old mesquite tree, a dozen sad and dusty buildings and the hot, unforgiving Chihuahua Desert all about. The nearest courtroom is in Del Rio, 50 miles away.
The Dry Bean
Made famous in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, The Dry Bean was a favorite hangout for Gus and the boys of the Hat Creek Cattle Company. Not only for a few beers or whiskeys during those long hot Texas summer days but for a little socializing. “The Bean" had rooms to rent but mostly was used for a house of ill repute. This is where Gus’s (and almost everybody else’s) favorite girl, Lorena worked.