Before relocating to Langtry, Judge Roy Bean disembarked at Sanderson's still-standing 1881 depot and attempted to start a saloon. Sensing competition, the established saloon owner poisoned Bean's whiskey barrels with kerosene, forever branding Sanderson as "the town too mean for Bean." Vestiges of its wild and woolly frontier beginnings abound, from the bank once robbed by the Wild Bunch to one of the last train robberies in Texas, with its two unlucky bandits buried in Sanderson.
Designated the "Cactus Capital of Texas" by the Texas Legislature, the town celebrates the Prickly Pear Pachanga each Columbus Day weekend.
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