Larry McMurtry modeled Lonesome Dove character, Josh Deets, after a real life person, a man named Bose Ikard, pictured here. Ikard had been born a slave, freed after the civil war, and had ridden with famed cattleman Charles Goodnight. He was Goodnight's most trusted aide. Read more about Bose Ikard here: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fik03
Sam Houston - the only man in American History to be elected governor of two states, Tennessee and Texas; he was a citizen of four nations (United States, Cherokee, Mexico, Texas). He was General of the Texas revolutionary army; President of the Republic of Texas; and US Senator for Texas. A man of convictions, with his cane, he publicly beat the US Representative of Ohio on Pennsylvania Avenue for publicly maligning his reputation.
Newman's Castle in Bellville, Texas. Home to a fabulous Murder Mystery Dinner. The castle was created over 12 years almost entirely by one incredible man. Every bit of interior woodworking was done by hand. Phenomenal!