Charles Goodnight

Goodnight

Charles Goodnight came to Texas from Missouri in 1836 and helped develop the American ranching industry. A true legend, Goodnight partnered with Oliver Loving and drove cattle from Texas, to New Mexico to Colorado. He established the JA Ranch in the Texas Panhandle. He is also credited with the invention of the cattle drive chuck wagon. He is an essential fixture within Texas’s mythology of cowboys. His character was part of the basis for Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. At one time his interests covered 1.3 million acres in the Texas Panhandle.