The Chisholm Trail is one of the most famous cattle herding trails in the United States. Many claim the trail start and end points were from Donna, Texas, to the state of Kansas. It was a long drive, but there was another trail that off-shoots from Texas: The Goodnight-Loving Trail. Although the trail did not directly come to the Rio Grande Valley, one could assume some cattle from the area were sent through the trail from San Antonio. Joseph Chance, a local historian, will provide insight about this trail during his Sunday Speaker Series presentation, “The Goodnight-Loving Trail,” on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History.
“The Goodnight-Loving Trail ran from Young County, Texas, southwest to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, up the Pecos to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and on north to Colorado,” according to the Texas State Historical Association website. However, it could be speculated that some herders from the Chisholm Trail took a turn and joined the Goodnight-Loving Trail to travel northeast into Colorado or Wyoming.
Joseph E. Chance, Ph.D., is an author of several published books on history, newspaper columns and essays. A fifth generation Texan, Chance was raised in Austin before making the RGV his home. Now a resident of Edinburg, Chance is married with three daughters.
Sunday Speaker Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must present their FRIENDship card at the Admissions Desk.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003, following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.