New exhibit tells story of Texas trailblazer

A new exhibit at The Bryan Museum is an art installation as well as a history lesson telling the story of Charles Goodnight, one of the best known Texas cattle ranchers in the 1800s.

A dozen large oil paintings, commissioned by Texas businessman James E. Parkman, were created by Western artist Lee Cable, and vividly recount the legend of Goodnight, who blazed a trail from Texas to New Mexico and later Colorado and Wyoming. The award-winning book and movie, “Lonesome Dove,” was generally based on Goodnight and his business partner Oliver Loving’s adventures on a cattle drive.