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How Many Cattle-Barons That Lived In The 1800's Can You Name?

The rich Cattle owners controlled all the big herds back then.They were responsible for hiring Cowboys to move the cattle from territory to territory there-by providing Cowboys with lots of jobs. How many of those millionaires can you name?

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ummmm...the King Ranch guy ...the Miller Ranch guys....I'd have to look up their names.
Do Chisum and McClintock count ;-) ????
In the north, most of the big ranchs were owned by eastern and foreign capitalist.

I can't really name many of the actual owners, but the big cattle empires in the north were just about wiped out in the winter of '86. Very few rebuilt.

There was the very large holdings of Scotty Philip in South Dakota that did survive that winter. I have a number of books on this area and could do some research and learn a few other names.

Down south, you'd have to ask one of them Texicans,,,,lol
John Chisum, Jesse Chisholm, Oliver Loving/Charles Goodnight, (Samuel) Burk Burnett...uh...?

Ooops--turns out Jesse was a trader, not a cattle baron, despite the trail named after him.
Mifflin Kenedy. Co-founder of the King ranch (TX). He was a rebel... 'n former blockade runner.
Also Moreton Frewen in WY.
All you talkng about ranchers who rode a desk or actual herders/market men like Chisum, Goodnight, loving etc. who lived in the saddle? Many came and went between say 1854 to1890's.
I'd just like to add Oliver Loving is buried in my hometown. A few days ago (for the first time) I took my son to visit his grave.
He's 9 and starting to get into the old west.

I think it really touched him and caused it to sink into his head the old west was real and most times wild.

He loves lonesome dove but im trying to teach him we cant trust hollywood for the truth.

Hi Donny

Becaused you showed an interest in Oliver Loving I will give you a tid bit few known about him. Oliver is a First Cousin to John S. Chisum's Brother-in-law Benjamin F. Bourland. Bourland was married to John's sister Nancy Epps Chisum. So the Goodnight/Loving connection to John Chisum was not really by chance. The Bourland family, namely Col. James G. Bourland was one of the main reason Loving and his family moved from Kentucky to Texas. James Bourland has a real history about him as well. Ranger, State Senator, Mexican War vet, Milita Commander, Commander of Texas Border Troops during the Civil War, rancher (Red River Cattle and Land Company) But not one magazine article has been written about him. Sorry I'm jst pining here.

frank wolcott
the V R ranch
glenrock, wyoming
howabout Joseph McCoy?
Drury Woodson James, uncle of Frank & Jesse. His LaPanza Ranch consisted of 10,000 acres on which he ran 25,000 to 50,000 head annually. First in drives from Mexico & Los Angeles to California Gold Rush country. Later independently on his ranch in partnership with John D. Thompson, employing vacqueros mostly, and in one year an Anglo tenderfoot identifed only as Scotty. Selling LaPanza enabled D.W. James to found and build Paso Robles, California.
George W. Littlefield of TX was one:
In 1871 he gathered a herd of cattle, half of which were his and the rest belonging to his brother, bought more, and drove the herd to Abilene, Kansas, where he sold the animals for enough to discharge all of his debts and leave him with $3,600 "to begin business." Over the next several years entrepreneur Littlefield opened a dry goods store in partnership with J. C. Dilworth in Gonzales, bought and trailed cattle, bought ranches in Caldwell and Hays counties, and developed his plantations. In the trailing business, Littlefield commonly bought his cattle, rather than, as most trailing contractors did, trailing them for a fee. He took the greater risk, but reaped the greater reward in their sale. In 1877 Littlefield bought water rights along the Canadian River near Tascosa and established the LIT Ranch, which he sold in 1881 for $248,000. Littlefield rejoiced that he had obtained "far more money than he had ever expected to have" and thought of retiring at thirty-nine years of age. But he did not retire, as "he learned. . .that the more money a man makes, the more he has to make, that a man's world opens up a little bit wider with each deal, and demands become heavier."

In 1882 Littlefield followed the advice of his principal ranch manager, half-nephew J. Phelps White, and purchased water interests sufficient to control some four million acres of land in New Mexico east of the Pecos River between Fort Sumner and Roswell, on which he established the Bosque Grande Ranch. In 1883 he bought the site of the first windmill on the New Mexico plains at the Four Lakes north of Tatum and developed the Four Lakes Ranch with windmills and barbed wire to control access to water and permit upgrading of stock. His cattle after 1882 carried his LFD brand on their right side. In 1887 Littlefield began acquiring land in Mason County, that soon spread over some 120,000 acres in adjacent Kimble and Menard counties, a ranch he put under management of half-nephew John Will White. In the 1890s Littlefield assembled acreage that came to be known as the LFD Farm in Roswell, New Mexico, on which he established an apple grove, grew forage for cattle, recruited his horses prior to the spring round-up, and maintained the pure-bred bulls that he used to upgrade his herds. Littlefield climaxed his ranching operation in 1901 with the purchase for two dollars per acre of 235,858 acres of the Yellow House (southern) Division of the XIT Ranch in Lamb and Hockley counties. To reach the prevailing wind above the escarpment at the ranch headquarters, Littlefield put up a windmill 130 feet tall to the top of the fan, claimed at the time to be the world's tallest windmill. In 1912 he established the Littlefield Lands Company under Arthur Pope Duggan (husband of niece Sallie Elisabeth Harral) to sell some 64,000 acres in the northeast corner (Lamb County) for farms and opened the town of Littlefield. The town lay beside the mainline of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway between Galveston, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico.

Littlefield moved to Austin in 1883 and shortly accepted a position on the board of the State National Bank. In 1890 he organized the American National Bank, which he served as president until 1918, when he relinquished the post to the nephew who had been his mainstay in the bank, Hiram Augustus Wroe. For his bank Littlefield in 1910–11 built the nine-story Littlefield Building and decorated the lobby with oil paintings of scenes from his ranches. The doors of the bank, which also depicted ranch scenes, were bronze, cast by the Tiffany Company of New York. Littlefield proved to be a master at sizing up the quality of potential loans. As one cowboy said of him, Littlefield "could look in your eye and tell you what you was up to." He made loans to various political figures, giving him a basis for exercising influence with them. Through the bank Littlefield gained interests in a number of businesses, in particular the Driskill Hotel of Austin in which the bank was first housed. Littlefield owned the hotel 1895–1903, during which time he installed the first electric lighting system. Littlefield took an active interest in political affairs but declined to run for political office. Though no drinker himself, he warmly supported the wet forces against prohibition. In 1911 Governor Oscar B. Colquitt appointed Littlefield to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas. When Littlefield complained of Northern bias in the text books used in teaching American history, Eugene C. Barker of the university's History Department, with whom Littlefield, by appointment of Governor Thomas M. Campbell, had served a year, 1909–10, on the first Texas Library and Historical Commission, replied that better history could not be written without adequate archival resources. Littlefield in 1914 established the Littlefield Fund for Southern History to collect such material, and during the remaining six years of his life he gave well over $100,000 to the fund. In 1918 he gave $225,000 to purchase the John Henry Wrenn Library. Including benefactions such as the Littlefield Fountain, Alice P. Littlefield Dormitory for freshman women, and his home, Littlefield gave more than any other single individual to the university during its first fifty years and before oil money significantly increased personal wealth. George Washington Littlefield died at his home in Austin on November 10, 1920, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. His wife outlived him by fifteen years and is buried beside him.



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