Lonesome Dove Commemorates 25 years

Gus and Call, fictional characters based on the true stories of former Texas Rangers, Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight. (Courtesy of Lonesome Dove Reunion)

By Mandi Dietz

ike herding cattle, the six-month Lonesome Dove Trail, including museum exhibits, movie screenings under the stars and panel discussions with the cast and crew kicks off in Fort Worth and will make several stops before traveling to Albany.

It has been more than a quarter century since an estimated 26,000,000 homes tuned in to experience the late 1980s Lonesome Dove, which struck a chord with its audience, and would later become a legend.

Captain Augustus “Gus” McCrae, Captain Woodrow Call, “Lorie,” Deets, and a handful of other captivating characters won the hearts of people worldwide, so naturally many are excited to re-experience the beloved Western.

Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel turned miniseries depicts a marginally fictionalized and compelling story about retired Texas Rangers, Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, and their more than 2,000-mile cattle drive, chockfull of lessons about love, loss, loyalty and perseverance. To read more pick up the March 2016 issue of NTFR.