By William T. Hagan
Charles Goodnight used to be a pioneer of the early variety livestock industry—an opinionated and profane yet full of life and popular rancher.
Goodnight’s tale is now re-examined by means of William T. Hagan during this short, authoritative account that considers the position of ranching in general—and Goodnight in particular—in the improvement 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 farm animals baron, giving shut cognizance to lesser-known points of his final thirty years.
Goodnight got here up within the days while a lot of Texas used to be loose variety and open to occupancy by way of any cattleman courageous adequate to stake a declare. Hagan exhibits how Goodnight discovered the farm animals company and have become the most well-known ranchers of the Southwest. Hagan additionally offers a clearer photo than ever sooner than of Goodnight’s company preparations and investments, together with the monetary setbacks of his later life.
As enjoyable because it is informative, Hagan’s account takes readers again to the Palo Duro Canyon and the Staked Plains to percentage insights into the cattleman’s life—riding the variety, battling grass fires, using farm animals to the closest railhead—the very stuff of cowboy legend and lore. This attention-grabbing biography enriches our knowing of a Texas icon.
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