Slaughter Land and Cattle Company, Records, 1909-1916 and undated
Creator: Slaughter Land and Cattle Company
Collection #: S 926.1
Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Texas, Christopher Columbus (C. C.) established frontier ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1857 with his father George Webb Slaughter, and his brothers. During the Civil War, C. C. served in the frontier militia and in the Texas Rangers. Afterwards, he drove cattle over Chisholm Trail and later moved operations to West Texas where, by 1905, he owned 40,000 cattle and controlled over one million acres.
C. C. Slaughter and Company, a cattle breeding venture, was established in 1873. Around 1877, C. C.'s ranch, the Long S, was one of the largest ranches in West Texas. His large holdings helped earn C. C. the title, "Cattle King of Texas."
C. C. married twice, first to Cynthia Anna Jowell in 1861, with home he had five children, and then to Carrie Averill in 1877, with whome he had four children. Before his death in 1919, he had founded the American National Bank of Dallas (1884), and cofounded the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (1877), the Texas Baptist Education Commission (1897) and the Baylor Hospital of Dalla, Texas (1904).
Scope and Contents
The collection contains some correspondence, financial records, minutes, legal documents from 1909-1916 detailing some activities of the Slaughter Land and Cattle Company.
Open for Research
For related materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:
Ira Byrd oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
Hiley Thompson Boyd, Jr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
Nettie Hyatt and Joe Bridges oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jennings oral history interview [sound recording], 1973
Mrs. M. C. Linsey oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
Lynn County (Tex.), Photographs, 1900-1950
Ralph McWhorter oral history interview [sound recording], 1979
Mrs. J. F. Reeves oral history interview [sound recording], 1970s
Jot Smyth oral history interview [sound recording], 1959
Slaughter Land and Cattle Company Records, 1909-1916 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Abel Ramirez, 2000
Murrah, David J. "C. C. Slaughter, Rancher, Banker, Baptist. "Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981.
Murrah, David J. "A Cattle Kingdom on Texas' Last Frontier: C. C. Slaughter's Lazy S Ranch. "Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Tech University, 1970.
- Folder 1, Correspondence, 1912-1913
- Folder 2, Correspondence, 1913
- Folder 3, Correspondence, 1914
- Folder 4, Correspondence, 1915-1916 and undated
- Folder 5, Financial Documents, 1913-1916 and undated