Charles Goodnight was an innovator, entrepreneur, and true cowboy. Mary Ann Goodnight was an equal partner in their business ventures and marriage, serving as educator, doctor, and mother to much of the Panhandle. These two dynamic people shaped the imagination of generations. Molly was a cattlewoman in her own right, educated much of the Panhandle, and spurred the conservation movement to save the Southern Bison Herd. Charles served as a Texas Ranger scout, invented the chuckwagon, formed cattle drives, and with 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 Folk-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 preserved and raised by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.
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