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.
THE INSPIRATION FOR CHARACTER WOODROW CALL, OF "LONESOME DOVE". 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 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." He also invented the chuck wagon and helped preserve the buffalo from…
Photo by Michael Schumacher The historic Charles Goodnight House in Goodnight, Tx has undergone a com-plete 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 Pan-handle. He & his partner, Oliver Loving, developed the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail.
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.