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Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman
An exciting story of a Texas Ranger, adventurer, and immigration officer who became a symbol of his age while gambling with death in the wild frontier regions of Texas, Arizona, and Old and New Mexico. Charles Goodnight knew the West of Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Dick Wooton, St. Vrain, and Lucien Maxwell. He ranged a country as vast as Bridger ranged. He rode with the boldn ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published September 15th 1981 by University of Oklahoma Press
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Interesting book about Charles Goodnight, he hunted with the Caddo Indians, started a cattle business , guided the Texas Rangers, drove cattle on the old cattle trails and became owner of one of the biggest ranches in Texas. At times the book is slow but overall it is an interesting book if a person is interested in early Texas and Cattle Ranching.
Charles Goodnight was one of the most extraordinary men in the history of Texas and the Old West. The man's life is absolutely fascinating. If you're wanting to learn anything about Texas history, cattle drives, and the Texas Rangers, you have to read this book.
Granted this book is about a distant relative but I think most people would find the account of his life incredibly interesting. It's amazing he not only survived some of the situations he was in but that he lived well into his 90s. I do wish this book had explored Goodnight's personal relationships in depth, the book completely ignores this aspect of his life and instead focuses on his development of a certain breed of cattle, which gets tedious after awhile.