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

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

December 9

Prairie Christmas Sing-a-Long

Come experience Christmas on the Prairie! Enjoy a cup of wassail as you visit Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight’s beautiful historic home decked out for the holidays followed by an old-fashioned sing-along by the campfire.

December 16

Christmas Crafts on the Ranch

Join the ranch staff as we discuss the stained glass windows in the Goodnight historic home and try your hand at making your own "faux stained glass".  Programs at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Master Craftsman, Rex Smith will conduct the 3:00 pm...

January 6

Threads of Hope Series

Guest artisans will demonstrate various textile techniques including Quilting, Embroidery, Crochet, and Knitting.

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