Creator: Slaughter Land and Cattle Company

Collection #: S 926.1

Language: English

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Restrictions

Open for Research

Related Material

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

Preferred Citation

Slaughter Land and Cattle Company Records, 1909-1916 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Gifts, 1966-1976

Processing Information

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.

Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

Box 1

Wallet 1

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