Fort Belknap
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Goodnight-Loving Trail
This trail to move Texas Longhorns began near Fort Belknap, established in 1851 as one of a series of forts to protect settlers in Texas. While heading from north Texas to Denver was a treacherous route with the dangers of Indian attacks, Cattlemen Goodnight and Loving devised this longer route that headed up the Pecos River to deliver the cattle, and the cowboys, safely to Denver. (Even their safe route was only so safe, however—Loving died from gangrene, after having an arm amputated following a Comanche attack in New Mexico). Tracing the trail today would take you through Big Bend Territory, skirting San Angelo, Midland and Odessa as you follow the Pecos River, heading up through Fort Sumner, New Mexico and continuing north to Pueblo, Colorado, before you finally arrive in Denver.
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