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On the Pecos Trail, Part II

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in cattle drive, road trip | 2 comments

The original Goodnight-Loving Trail basically ended in Fort Sumner. There they sold a portion of the herd to the Army garrison for an extremely high price (The Army needed meat to feed the Apache and Navajo Indians who were imprisoned there). Then, while Oliver Loving continued up into Colorado with the remainder of the cattle that had already been spoken for, Charles Goodnight headed back to Texas to gather up another herd and take advantage of the price being offered before other outfits got the same idea. But by by the fall of 1867, other outfits were also selling at Fort Sumner, Loving...

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Back Home Again: Research trip for the Goodnight-Loving trail complete

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in road trip | 0 comments

Got back in last night. 15 days. 15 states.  5,242 miles. Give me a few days to catch my breath, and then I’ll be back to mostly-regular postings 🙂 In the meantime, here is a summary of the trip posts.  Enjoy! First Day on the Trail Days 2 and 3 – Dallas, TX The anatomy of a cattle drive On the Pecos Trail On the Pecos Trail from Carlsbad to Trinidad Stopping in Colorado Springs More on the Pecos Trail...

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On the Trail the Pecos Trail, Part I

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in cattle drive, road trip | 5 comments

Unlike the Chisholm Trail, the Goodnight-Loving/Goodnight/Pecos Trail is not very well marked or celebrated. It’s not even well-mapped, as I discovered to my dismay when I started trying to match the few places mentioned in my research sources with modern maps. In fact, most maps you can find on Google are drawn wrong. So I was starting practically from scratch in trying to figure out where exactly this trail went. (and if you’re wondering why I use three different names for this trail, it is because it was not until the early 20th century, when J. Evetts Haley’s biography...

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Where am I?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in road trip | 0 comments

Howdy all! We’re here in Colorado Springs, and the Internet in our hotel was from the 19th century. Yes, there was an Internet in the 19th century, but the telegraph was considered the better option. Heck, smoke signals were faster and more reliable. Right now I’m sitting in a Starbucks catching up on things, and the connection here isn’t much better. A quick update: We left Trinidad on Friday morning and attempted to track down a crossing on the Purgatoire River, but all the potential crossings I’d identified were on private land. So we headed up the Santa Fe Trail...

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On the Pecos Trail

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in road trip | 1 comment

We left Abilene this morning to start the research portion of this little road trip. The trip from Abilene to Pecos is long and dull and looks something like this: But we eventually made it. However, both city and river were a bit of a downer. Pecos and the Pecos River. Pecos City was originally built on the west bank of the Pecos River, but was later moved about 6 miles farther west due to flooding issues. The town has always had a rough reputation, and from what we saw driving through it in search of the not-very-well-marked West of the Pecos Museum, the town hasn’t changed much. The...

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The Anatomy of a Cattle Drive

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in cattle drive, road trip | 0 comments

I promised a more informative post. Well, here ya go 🙂 The foreman was the boss of the herd, though not necessarily its owner. He was in charge of expenses and pay, and was responsible should anything happen to the herd. He also had to scout out the trail ahead, test fords and figure out the best places to swim a river, and locate good grazing for the midday break and the bedding grounds at night. The foreman woke the cook up in the morning to prepare breakfast, and was one of the last to hit his bed come night. The segundo was the second in command. (For those of you who grew up watching...

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