DescriptionOliver Loving Document Signed. Two ruled pages of one leaf, 7.5" x 12", Palo Pinto County, May 31, 1858. Through this document, Oliver Loving, the noted Texas cattle driver, and John Durkel sell B. F. Baker a parcel of land on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County. Also signed by Durkel, John Good, and D. O. Norton. Minor staining and age toning.
Oliver Loving (1812-1867) settled in Palo Pinto County in 1855 where he ranched and owned a mercantile store. One year before signing this document, he owned 1,000 acres in the county and a large cattle herd which, in 1857, he first began driving northward out of Texas to market. The next year (1858), the Lovings repeated the drive. These drives became profitable for Loving, who, in 1866, combined his herd with Charles Goodnight's herd and drove them to New Mexico. This route became known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail. The Goodnight-Loving partnership was soon joined by John Chisum, another Texas cattle baron. The good times ended when Comanches killed Loving in 1867 during a cattle drive into New Mexico.
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