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On September 25, 1867, Oliver Loving died of gangrene at Fort Sumner, NM. In 1866 he partnered with Charles Goodnight and they began a long cattle drive to the fort, using the route later called the Goodnight-Loving Trail. In early 1867 the partners began a new drive and Loving received his fatal wound. Before Loving died Goodnight assured him that his wish to be buried in Texas would be carried out. Remind you of "Lonesome Dove"?
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.
Photo illustration by Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News-The historic Charles Goodnight House in Goodnight has undergone a complete restoration inside and out. The house was built in 1887 by cattle baron Charles Goodnight, and was the first working cattle ranch established in the Texas Panhandle.
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.
Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight (March 5, 1836 – December 12, 1929), was a cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is sometimes known as the "father of the Texas Panhandle." Essayist and historian J. Frank Dobie said that Goodnight "approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history."
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.