Sunday, June 18, 2006

Oliver Loving

This Loving's valley ranch was settled by Oliver Loving, the famous cattleman and trail drive pioneer. His friend, Charles Goodnight...inventor of the "chuck" wagon, and Loving's family helped rope, brand, and hold wild longhorn cattle here.

In 1860, Loving drove 15,000 cattle up a treacherous trail from here to Denver. The trail was later to be known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail.

Loving was wounded by Indians and died up the trail in 1867. Granting his last request and at great hardship, Goodnight returned his friend's body to Weatherford Texas for burial. The novel and movie "Lonesome Dove" were based upon that legend.

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