Books That Inspire 2008

Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle
William T. Hagan

William T. Hagan’s book Charles Goodnight: Father of the Texas Panhandle is an inspiring new book on the life of the legendary Texas cattleman Charles Goodnight. Moving to Texas at age eight, Goodnight came of age on the harsh Texas frontier. Following service in the Civil War as Texas Ranger scout, he formed a business partnership with Oliver Loving. This relationship led to the famous Goodnight-Loving trail drive from Texas to Colorado with a herd of 2000 Texas longhorns. From this venture, Goodnight went on to become one of the first great cattle barons with a hundred thousand cattle on over a million acres in the Palo Duro Canyon area. A man of vision and determination, Charles Goodnight is one of the most remarkable men in the history of the West

John R Lovett
Interim Curator
Western History Collections