Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historic Site

Goodnight Ranch House Goodnight Ranch Statue Goodnight Ranch Cabin Goodnight Ranch Dining Room Goodnight Ranch Shop

4989 CR 25
Goodnight, TX 79226
806-944-5591
goodnightranch@thc.texas.gov

Charles Goodnight and his business partner John Adair established the JA Ranch, the first cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle in 1877 in the Palo Duro Canyon area. In 1887, Goodnight established the Goodnight-Thayer Cattle Company in present Armstrong County and built a spacious Victorian-style two-story ranch house. The Goodnight home is restored on its original site and features a 268-square-foot second-floor sleeping porch with spectacular views of the countryside and the nearby bison herd that are actual descendants of the herd raised by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.

The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historic Site includes the J. Evetts Haley Visitor and Education Center, which offers exhibits about the Goodnights, bison, and the settlement of the area. A Quanah Parker Trail giant arrow marker on the grounds serves to commemorate the friendship between Charles Goodnight and Quanah Parker, last Chief of the Comanche. 

Upcoming Events

February 17

Reading Historic Letters Workshop

Event will be held at the Burton Memorial Library in Clarendon, Texas! Old letters gathering dust in attics contain important historical information, however, they are often difficult to read because the people of the past used a different style...

March 10

Spring Break Program- Country Living: In a Dugout

Settlers living in dugout homes in the Texas Panhandle from c.1875-1900 had to overcome extreme challenges to survive in this region. Learn about the innovative ways settlers overcame those challenges during this special Spring Break program...

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