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    [Charles Goodnight]. Possible Dictated Letter to George Findley. One page, 8.5" x 10.5", from the "Office of C. Goodnight," Goodnight [Texas], February 21, 1896. Charles Goodnight only received six months of formal education and could barely read or write. It is probable that this letter was dictated by Goodnight to his wife or an associate who wrote it for him. It reads in full:

    "Yours of 11th just received, and will say I am doing every thing in my power to have the quarantine matter adjusted. As I understand the matter, our Gov. is doing all he can for us in the right direction. I think if he can satisfy the department, I mean Morton. the line will be respected when established & there will be but little difficulty in getting the matter settled. all parties interested should be at Ft. Worth as that will be regular meeting of the Association."

    Shortly after the Civil War, one of the most celebrated cattlemen in Texas history, Charles Goodnight (1836-1929), along with his partner Oliver Loving, set out from Belknap, Texas, and forged a trail west to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, with 2,000 head of cattle establishing the now famous Goodnight-Loving Trail. It quickly became the most traveled trail in the southwest, spurring Goodnight to extend it to Granada, Colorado. Due to the influx of disease, most notably Texas fever, which infected cattle in states to the north as they came in contact with cattle from Texas, many states passed quarantine laws barring any cattle from Texas to pass beyond borders. Texas cattle carried the disease, but remained unaffected and in relatively good health. These quarantining laws effectively ended the Texas cattle-trailing industry that flourished in the late nineteenth century.

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