From Lonesome Dove to Menard, Texas. In Search of the “Real” Jake Spoon. Who was the real Jake Spoon? Lonesome Dove is a beloved historical novel and iconic Western TV series. We know Gus and Call were based on Cattlemen Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight. Blue Duck was a real outlaw born in the Cherokee Nation. But how many know of the real Jacob Spoon? Where did author Larry McMurtry come up with that character? Did he just pull the name off of a Texas headstone? The real Jake Spoon is nothing like the character in Lonesome Dove. He was a real-life cowboy who made about ten trips from Texas to Kansas, died on a cot in his front yard and is buried in Menard, Texas.