Charles Goodnight - one of the responsible parties for The Goodnight-Loving Trail for driving cattle to market. Spanning more than 2,000 miles from Texas to Wyoming, it was first used by Goodnight and Loving in 1866.
Charles Goodnight, the book and movie "Lonesome Dove" is based on his life, March 5,1836 - Dec. 12,1929. Goodnight moved to Texas in 1846 when he was 10 years old. By the time he was 12 he was working as a cowboy and served with the local militia in the many fights against Comanche raiders. In 1857 he joined the Texas Rangers,
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."
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.