By William T. Hagan
Charles Goodnight was once a pioneer of the early variety farm animals industry—an opinionated and profane yet lively and common rancher.
Goodnight’s tale is now re-examined by way of William T. Hagan during this short, authoritative account that considers the position of ranching in general—and Goodnight in particular—in the advance of the Texas Panhandle. the 1st significant reassessment of his lifestyles in seventy years, Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle lines its subject’s existence from hardscrabble farmer to farm animals baron, giving shut consciousness to lesser-known elements of his final thirty years.
Goodnight got here up within the days while a lot of Texas was once loose diversity and open to occupancy by way of any cattleman courageous sufficient to stake a declare. Hagan indicates how Goodnight discovered the livestock enterprise and have become essentially the most well-known ranchers of the Southwest. Hagan additionally offers a clearer photo than ever ahead of of Goodnight’s company preparations and investments, together with the monetary setbacks of his later life.
As wonderful because it is informative, Hagan’s account takes readers again to the Palo Duro Canyon and the Staked Plains to proportion insights into the cattleman’s life—riding the diversity, scuffling with grass fires, riding livestock 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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