Posts Tagged "cattle drive"

On the Pecos Trail, Part III (Maybe?)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in cattle drive | 3 comments

It’s taken me a while to get to writing this portion of the trail because I keep hoping for a breakthrough, but as yet have not had one. One of the problems with following the Pecos/Goodnight/Goodnight-Loving Trail through Colorado is that there were several trails used over the years. In 1867, when Oliver Loving pushed ahead from Fort Sumner to Denver while Charles Goodnight returned to Texas to buy another herd, that year the trail came up through Raton Pass and basically followed I-25 to Denver. The next year Goodnight himself came through Raton Pass and pushed north from there,...

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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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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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