Cornelia Adair - although a naturalized British citizen, she became a notable Texan. In 1877, her husband and Charles Goodnight formed a partnership to found the JA Ranch with Goodnight as its manager. By 1888, after her husband died, Cornelia became partners with Goodnight from whom she shrewdly gained ownership of the JA and it's brand. By 1917 she kept a home in Clarendon and her ranch covered half a million acres of the Texas panhandle.
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There is no other canvas like a West Texas sky.... My Grandpa Swenson was a Windmiller & Jack Of All Trades for SMS Ranches that occupy 300,000 acres in twelve counties in the lower plains area of West Texas.(Spur Ranch, Tongue River Ranch, Swenson Ranch, Throckmorton Ranch, Flat Top Ranch, Ericsdahl ranches & A Few Others)
Charles Goodnight's dugout (restored) ... in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas panhandle. Coming on the heels of the Comanche and Kiowa as they were forced onto reservations, Goodnight established a huge cattle ranch from this location and eventually became a multi-millionaire.
This is Charles Goodnight, the Father of the Pan Handle, inventor of the Chuckwagon, the "cattle gather", the trail drive, the Goodnight/Loving cattle trail, and the namesake of Goodnight, TX. Lonesome Dove was loosely based on him and Loving. He's the original Texas Cowboy.
The King Ranch: Truth and Myth: A History of the Greatest Ranch in Texas - A good book to explain what life is like on a Texas ranch. Students would be interested in reading this because the King Ranch is still in operation today.
The Chicken Ranch of La Grange, Texas, was the house of ill repute ..Miss Edna Chadwell Last Madam of ‘Chicken Ranch’ Bordello, Dies at 84 in Feb 2012