watering the herd sufficiently, the partners headed north up the river, forced to leave over 100 head bogged helplessly in the quicksand banks where they landed. Goodnight said later that the Pecos was "the graveyard of a cowman's hopes - I hated it!".

A change of plans lay ahead for the partners. The original scheme was to move the herd north into Colorado and sell the beeves at Denver. As they worked their way north up the Pecos toward Colorado, they passed near a reservation at Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory where 8,500 Navajo Indians were being held by the Army. The reservation had been set up 3 years before, with a plan to have the Navajos held there take up farming - an experiment that had failed miserably, leaving the Indians nearly starved, sick and dying.

Here at Fort Sumner, Loving and Goodnight sold all the steers for $12,000 in gold - a fortune! This left several hundred head of cows and calves that the Army declined to buy, so it was agreed that Loving would take that remnant herd into Denver for sale, as he'd been there in '61. To prevent the disaster of Indian starvation, the Army was willing to pay high prices for more cattle to be delivered. The Fort was in desperate need of beef, and Loving and Goodnight now knew what it took to deliver. So Goodnight took 3 hands and headed back to Texas to begin building a second herd with the proceeds.

Loving made the drive to Denver, sold the herd to local stockman John Iliff and returned to an area below Fort Sumner called Bosque Grande to await Goodnight and the second herd. Goodnight made that drive back successfully, learning from the experiences of the first trip, and the cattle were held there and peddled out to the Fort as needed.

Loving and Goodnight had kept their affairs separate up to this point, but at Bosque Grande, they entered into an equal partnership, agreeing to split all proceeds from buying, trailing and selling cattle.