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Collins FDC Catalog


O2312 / Scott 2869L

Legends Of The West

Charles Goodnight

Collins Anecdotal Note 

He started as a Texas ranger fighting the feared

Cornanche Indians. Charles Goodnight then established a

successful cattle ranch that grew to a million acres. He was one of the first to drive steers north to the Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas and Colorado. After trail-worn herds reached the railroad, he would rest and feed them on prairie grasslands before offering to buyers. Each year ten to fifteen thousand of his cows were sold to start new herds from Wyoming to Montana to the Dakotas. Many western cattle enterprises got their start from Goodnight stock. He was the first major rancher to co-exist peacefully with sheepmen in the panhandle. The railroads put down ties and laid track to run "sidings" to railheads where they would pick up herds thus the First Day cancel. Charles Goodnight was a cattle ranching pioneer. A Legend of the West.

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