Born: March 5, 1836 (Macoupin County, Illinois)
Died: December 12, 1929 (Phoenix, Arizona)
Famous For/Known For:
American cattle rancher
A Little About Charles Goodnight:
Goodnight’s father died shortly after he was born. His mother remarried and the family moved to Texas.
Goodnight worked by hauling freight with oxteams, when he was sixteen.
Four years later he started a cattle business with a partner and moved to northwestern Texas.
He was part of the group, The Minute Men of Texas.
In 1866, he and his partner, Oliver Loving, established the Goodnight-Loving Trail.
In 1868, the Apishapa Ranch located in Colorado was established by Goodnight.
In 1876, he brought a herd of 1,600 from New Mexico to the Texas Panhandle.
Goodnight produced the cattalo by breeding buffalo with polled Angus cattle. This lead to a new breed of stock.
He often provided beef to the Indian tribes which allowed him to become a mediator between the tribes and the U.S. Army.
A great cattleman,Goodnight created many cattle trails from Texas to New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas. Often referred to as the Father of the Texas Panhandle.
Charles Goodnight died at the age of 93.
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