Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Woodrow Call & Augustus McCrae. It was 25 years ago this week that the two former Texas Rangers became household names. The mini series held viewers spellbound for four consecutive nights from Sunday February 5 thru Wednesday February 8, 1989. Thanks to Larry McMurtry for his 945 page novel and giving us a classic - Lonesome Dove.

 

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Comment by dirtrider on February 8, 2014 at 8:17am

The basic story is a slightly fictionalized account of Charles Goodnight's and Oliver Loving's cattle drive. In particular, Loving (Gus) was attacked by Indians, and died several weeks later of blood poisoning with Goodnight (Call) at his side. Goodnight honored Loving's dying request to be taken back to Texas for burial.  Chisum Cattle, Flying H ranch, Goodnight and Loving, Magdalena cattle drives, Chuck Box ranch, LFD ranch, are all names and places that stir the imaginations, here.  As a footnote, Charles Goodnight is credited with the inventing of the chuckwagon.

 

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