By William T. Hagan
Charles Goodnight was once a pioneer of the early variety farm animals industry—an opinionated and profane yet full of life and popular rancher.
Goodnight’s tale is now re-examined through William T. Hagan during this short, authoritative account that considers the position of ranching in general—and Goodnight in particular—in the advance of the Texas Panhandle. the 1st significant reassessment of his existence in seventy years, Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle lines its subject’s existence from hardscrabble farmer to livestock baron, giving shut recognition to lesser-known points of his final thirty years.
Goodnight got here up within the days whilst a lot of Texas used to be unfastened variety and open to occupancy via any cattleman courageous sufficient to stake a declare. Hagan indicates how Goodnight realized the livestock enterprise and have become probably the most well-known ranchers of the Southwest. Hagan additionally provides a clearer photograph than ever ahead of of Goodnight’s company preparations and investments, together with the monetary setbacks of his later life.
As exciting because it is informative, Hagan’s account takes readers again to the Palo Duro Canyon and the Staked Plains to proportion insights into the cattleman’s life—riding the diversity, combating grass fires, using farm animals to the closest railhead—the very stuff of cowboy legend and lore. This interesting biography enriches our figuring out of a Texas icon.
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At the JA and other ranches people prepared to defend themselves. At the village of Clarendon, about twenty miles from JA headquarters, frightened citizens broke into a hardware store and seized arms and ammunition worth three hundred dollars for which the proprietor was never compensated. One of the railroads, which by that time had entered the Panhandle, carried a trainload of volunteers from communities to the east. Armed to the teeth, and overly fortiﬁed by whiskey consumed en route, when the volunteers reached Clarendon some of them had di≈culty getting o√ the train.
But ﬁrst he must wind up the proﬁtable relationship he had developed with John Simpson Chisholm, one of the most active dealers in cattle in Texas and New Mexico. He had begun his cattle operations in Denton County, north of Fort Worth, but during the Civil War had pushed farther west, by 1867 driving a herd to the Fort Sumner market. There he later encountered Charles Goodnight, and the two entered into a contract providing that Chisholm would have cattle driven to the Bosque Redondo area, where Goodnight would take over and drive them north to sell in Kansas, Colorado, or Wyoming; they would divide the proﬁt.
She demonstrated her credentials as a rider to Goodnight when she rode the entire four hundred miles from Trinidad to the Palo Duro, and when they arrived he could not ﬁnd a blemish on her horse’s back. Meanwhile, Mary Good- Cornelia Adair, member of an upstate New York family with large landholdings. Courtesy Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. 41 42 charles goodnight night had been driving a wagon that her husband had rebuilt. It was deﬁnitely better sprung than an ordinary wagon and had a heavy-duty canvas top with extra tie-downs to combat those strong Llano winds.
Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle (Oklahoma Western Biographies) by William T. Hagan