I like Texas memorabilia and attempt to collect artifacts that interest me. I recently got my hands on a unique piece of Texas lore, a bison horn from the legendary Goodnight Ranch.
Charles Goodnight was a Texas Giant. He saved the buffalo from sure extinction. The buffalo herd today at Yellowstone National Park can trace its linage back to Goodnight's buffalo stock. Goodnight and Jim Loving were the two men Larry McMurtry loosely based his novel "Lonesome Dove" on. Goodnight was in the party that rescued Cynthia Parker, Quanah Parker's mother. He was also one of the founders of the Texas and Southwest Cattleman's Association which was founded in Palo Pinto County.
As to the Bison horn, it is absolutely beautiful. The color & tones of the horn are dramatic. The detail in the drawing on the horn is exquisite. Two adult buffalo and one small buffalo calf are etched in black ink on the horn. There is a handsome twisted rope design carefully drawn on the top, middle, and bottom of the horn. The words "Buffalo Goodnight Ranch Panhandle of Texas" is scrawled in simple cursive writing near the middle of the horn. The end of the horn has a vintage leather cover with old brass buttons on the lip. The top of the leather cover has a eyelet hook for hanging. There is a small metal plate with the number 22 engraved on the leather cover. This beautiful piece of Texas history been been authenticated by the Heritage Auction House. (To Be Continued....)