Join Linda Crawford and Laurel Campbell of the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee as they present about the life of Charles Goodnight and the preservation of his Rock Canyon Ranch in Pueblo. Linda Crawford will speak about Goodnight’s early life, his arrival in Texas, his jobs as a youth and teen that prepared him for his life-long work in the cattle trail and ranching business later in life. She also speaks to his early interest in Texas Longhorns, his partnership with Oliver Loving and the first cattle drives they did together.
Laurel Campbell covers a bit more detail on the cattle drives, the Texas Longhorns, the historic areas that Goodnight and his drovers chose for swing stations and, of course, the settling of his Pueblo Rock Canyon Ranch in 1868. She also talks about the Nolan Land Grant, the large range the Longhorns grazed, including the Babcock’s Hole Ranch in Wetmore, Colorado, the building of his magnificent stone barn in 1870 and his eventual move to the Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle of Texas in 1876. The Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee was formed in Spring 2014, with the intent of raising awareness and funds to restore the Charles Goodnight Barn in Pueblo County, Colorado.