Goodnight Ranch Transfers to THC


The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historic Site joined the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) roster of 31 state historic sites June 1, 2020. 

The property includes the J. Evetts Haley Visitor and Education Center that offers exhibits about the Armstrong County Museum, the colorful Charles Goodnight and his family, and the history of the cattle industry in the Texas Panhandle. A Quanah Parker Trail giant arrow marker commemorates the friendship between Goodnight and the legendary war leader Quanah Parker. 

“The state of Texas is grateful for this gift from the Armstrong County Museum” says THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “The story of Texas is not complete without the stories of the Texas panhandle, and the economic and cultural impact the region has made on the world.”  

Charles Goodnight and his business partner John Adair established the first cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle in 1887 in the Palo Duro Canyon area. Goodnight's Victorian-style home is restored on its original site and serves as the Charles Goodnight Historical Center. It features a 268-square-foot second-floor sleeping porch with spectacular views of the countryside and the nearby bison herd that are descendants of the herd raised by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight. 

The THC plans to host a welcome event for the site soon. For more information, visit