The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight

Innovator, entrepreneur, conservationist: Charles Goodnight left his mark on the West. With his partner, Oliver Loving, he pioneered the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail. He invented one of the earliest food-trucks, the chuckwagon, and the survival of the American Bison also owes much to his and Molly Goodnight’s conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle.

On display: June 30, 2018 – October 22, 2018

The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight looks at the story of Goodnight’s life through the lens of contemporary Western and Wildlife artist Lee Cable. Cable’s series of 13 paintings is a conscious balancing act between solid historical research and artistic license. As Cable says, “In the case of Goodnight much is written, not much is illustrated.” This body of work aims to change that.

The paintings are complemented by a display of authentic Charles Goodnight artifacts from institutions across the state.


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