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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.

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)

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…

Sam Houston 1793-1863, first President of the Republic of Texas after defeating Mexico at San Jacinto.

Oliver Loving, Texas rancher and trailblazer. The character of Gus McCrae, in LONESOME DOVE, was based on Loving, including his death from gangrene caused by arrow wounds and his subsequent burial in Texas after an arduous journey by his partner, Charles Goodnight.

Charles Goodnight--Texas rancher, cattle-driver; founded the Goodnight-Loving Trail; invented the chuck wagon; helped preserve the buffalo from extinction.

Jane Wilkinson Long ... orphaned at age 14 and widowed at 24, Jane led a long and hard life in Texas. However, her independent and determined character earned for her the title "MOTHER OF TEXAS." Although widowed shortly after arriving in Texas in 1820, still young and beautiful in a country with few women, Jane had many suitors including several well-to-do, notable Texans such as William Travis, Stephen Austin, Sam Houston and Mirabeau Lamar. She died, still a widow, in 1880.

When her husband Governor Jim Ferguson was impeached, his bank failed and they were penniless. Miriam held things together with butter and egg money. In 1924 Jim tried to run again but the counts barred him. So Miriam entered the race as “Ma” Ferguson and was elected governor, defeating Republican George Butte. She was Texas’ first woman governor and nearly the first woman governor in the US – Nellie Ross of Wyoming was inaugurated 2 weeks before Ma was.

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."[1]

David G. Burnet - First President of the Republic of Texas. Most Texans recognize Sam Houston's profile, but how many recognize the first President of the Republic of Texas? It was said he carried a gun in one pocket and a Bible in the other, and spent most of his time in office in peril and gloom trying to escape the Mexican army and survive an attempted overthrow by political enemies in the Texas army after San Jacinto. Born 1788, died 1870. He is buried on Galveston Island.

Sam Houston, 1848 One of the most colorful and controversial figures in Texas history, Sam Houston was born in Virginia on March 2, 1793. He spent much of his youth, however, in the mountains of Tennessee. There, young Houston became acquainted with the Cherokee Indians, and he spent much time with them, an activity which he much preferred over studies or working on the farm.

Oliver Loving 1812-1867 Cattle Rancher. Developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail along with Charles Goodnight. Loving was killed by indians on a cattle drive.

Mar. 6, 1836, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, Col. William Travis and 184 Texas soldiers are wiped out as the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, falls into the hands of the Mexican Army.

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.

I love this image of James B. “Jim” Hawkins, a charter member of Company D of the Texas Rangers, because he definitely looks like he’s loaded for bear.Courtesy Chuck Parsons

Around the 1870s, cattle driving was on the move from Texas to the Midwest. Because of the shortage of cowboys, they needed incentive to hire on good workers. Colonel Charles Goodnight bought a war-surplus munitions wagon and converted it into a travelling kitchen. It was used to transport the food and other needed supplies along the way. It was named after its founder, Chuck Goodnight.