Oliver Loving's grave, Weatherford, Texas. When he was mortally wounded by Indians while on a cattle drive in New Mexico, his last request was to be brought back to Weatherford and buried. His friend Charles Goodnight transported his body 600 miles by wagon, which became the inspiration for Lonesome Dove.
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…
Comanche Indians in Palo Duro Canyon photograph taken 1890's on JA ranch Buffalo hunt with Teddy Roosevelt Charles Goodnight Chief Quannah Parker and Big Tree Lone Wolf Sr. Hunt was staged for Edison film crew.
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.