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by J. Evetts Haley
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 boldness of Fremont, guided by the craft of Carson. His vigorous zest for life enabled him to live intensely and amply, and in this book by J. Evetts Haley, himself no stranger to the West, provides a fully readable and important western biography, vividly told, thrilling, witty, and completely authentic.
Byron Price tells the story of the kinship, ultimate friendship, and challenges J. Evetts Haley faced in interviewing and writing about Charles Goodnight and how is book, Charles Goodnight: Cowman & Plainsman came to be. Includes notes, bibliography and index.
Fine art paper and binding. 68 pages.
published by Haley Family Trust.
A collection of memorial essays written by members of the Haley family, business associates, and friends.
Erskine prospered in the cattle industry and from his Capote Ranch on the Guadalupe River near Seguin in 1854, drove a herd of cattle to California. On the drive he had the protection of an armed escort under the command of James J. Callahan. This is a detailed diary of his experiences on this drive. He became involved with several mining ventures, which were apparently failures. His letters home tell of his five year mining venture in 1859 before he returned to Capote Ranch and resumed the raising of cattle.
Among the famous ranch brands of Texas are the T Anchor, JA, Diamond Tail, 777, Bar C, and XIT. And the greatest of these was XIT—The XIT Ranch of Texas.
It was not the first ranch in West Texas, but after its formation in the eighteen-eighties it became the largest single operation in the cow country of the Old West and covered more than three million acres, all fenced.
The state of Texas patented this huge rectangle of land, at the time considered by many to be part of “the great American desert,” to the Capitol Freehold Land and Investment Company of Chicago, in exchange for funds to erect the state capitol building in Austin. This “desert” became a legend in the cattle business, and it remains today a memory to thousands who recall the era when mustangs and longhorns grazed beneath the brand of the XIT.
The development and operation of this pastoral enterprise and its relation to the history of Texas is the subject of this great and widely discussed book by J. Evetts Haley, now made available to readers every· where. It is the story of a wild prairie, roamed by Indians, buffalo, mustangs, and antelope, that became a country of railroads, oil fields, prosperous farms, and carefully bred herds of cattle. The XIT Ranch of Texas is the epic account of a ranching operation about which many know a little but only a few very much. It is the one volume that, more than any other, portrays the early-day cattle business of the West.