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Charles Goodnight (1836)

Goodnight was a cattleman known as the father of the Texas Panhandle. As a young man, he joined the Texas Rangers and became a noted scout and Indian fighter. Eventually, he turned to ranching and cattle driving. In 1866, he and Oliver Loving laid out the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail that extended from Texas through New Mexico and Colorado and into Wyoming. He later cofounded the million-acre JA Ranch in Texas, where he crossed Angus cattle with buffalo to produce what animal? More...
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In addition to raising cattle in 1876, the Goodnights preserved a herd of native plains bison that year, which is said to survive to this day in Caprock Canyons State Park. The herd in Caprock Canyons was actually donated by JA Ranch and there is no documentation demonstrating that this was the herd preserved by the Goodnights. Bison of this herd were introduced into the Yellowstone National Park in 1902 and into the larger zoos and ranches throughout the nation. He also crossbred buffalo with domestic cattle, which he called cattalo. Charles "Buffalo" Jones, a co-founder of Garden City, Kansas, after meeting with Goodnight in Texas, also bred cattalo, or beefalo, on a ranch near Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona.
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Goodnight is also known for rousing and leading a posse against the Comanche in 1860 that located the Indian camp where Cynthia Ann Parker was living with her husband, Peta Nocona, then guiding Texas Rangers to the camp, leading to Cynthia Ann's recapture. He later made a treaty with her son, Quanah Parker. Only Cynthia Ann Parker was a white girl who hailed from Scots-Irish background and was kidnaped by the Comanche. She was nine at the time she was taken in by the Comanche. Cynthia married an Indian who was the son of the chief. Her son, Quanah which means Fragrance, then become chief and over the span of many years maintain a correspondence with Goodnight, though Goodnight couldn never read nor write. The interesting fact about white captives is that they came to love their Indian lifestyle and resisted being re-captured. Their captive narratives are first-hand accounts of living with Native Americans and the writers give a very positive and loving account of what life was life in tribal communities. Indians were hardly savages, noble or otherwise.
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