Charles Goodnight liked to point out he was born in 1836, the year the Republic of Texas was founded, and moved here in 1845, the year Texas joined the United States. A legendary rancher and trailblazer, Goodnight became known as the "father of the Texas Panhandle." Goodnight served as a frontier scout and Texas Ranger in his youth, then entered the cattle business at the age of twenty. In the 1860s, Goodnight and partner Oliver Loving established the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail, which curled northwest from Texas into New Mexico and Colorado. Their friendship and adventures influenced Larry McMurtry's epic novel Lonesome Dove. More»
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