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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Location

4989 CR 25 
Goodnight, TX 79226 

806-944-5591 for general information
806-670-5627 for school tours, adult group tours and large group reservations
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Hours

Tuesday to Saturday  
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tours of the Goodnight House
11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

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Tickets

Adult $5
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $3
Child (6-17) $2
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $8, each additional child $1

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Programs

Public Tours  
Living History Programs  
Special Events  
School Programs 

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Plan Your Visit

Peer into pioneer prairie life during a tour of the Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight historic home.

Statue of Mary Ann Goodnight

Goodnight Ranch History

Charles Foxwing Goodnight was born March 5, 1836, on the family farm in Macoupin County, Illinois.

Dining room of the main ranch house

Support the Friends of Goodnight Ranch

Friends of Goodnight Ranch is a "Fiscally Sponsored Project" of the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission (a 501(C)(3) nonprofit charitable organization). Your gift will directly support this organization.

Events at Goodnight Ranch

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Camp Cattalo Family Camp: Ranch Life

Have you ever wanted to experience the wild west? Well, come on out to the Goodnight Ranch to learn about cowboys, bison and early life in the Texas Panhandle.

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Red River War Series: Battle of Palo Duro Canyon

The walls of Palo Duro Canyon have a majestic view but also contain stories of conflict and sorrow. Join us as we welcome Juliette Garza, Park Interpreter at Caprock Canyons State Park who will be presenting a lecture on this all-important battle.

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Bison: The One Stop Shop

What would we do without Walmart? Come learn how the Native Americans accomplished it. Programs at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 and are included in the general admission price.

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Historic Road Trip: Amarillo and Canyon

Amarillo’s heritage contains a surprisingly eclectic mix of cultural influences, from Native American leaders to legendary ranchers to the Americana of Route 66.

The city’s population surged in the late 1800s, when windmill-powered agricultural wells reached the deep water table, the railroad arrived, and thousands of nearby cattle were corralled and shipped to meatpacking centers in the north.

By the 1930s, cross-country automobile travel shifted into high gear thanks to new highways like the famous Route 66. The city’s distinctive blend of fiery, friendly folks endeared many travelers to its independent pioneer spirit.

Exploring the Quanah Parker Trail

Dozens of arrows, 22 feet tall, pierce the landscape of the Panhandle Plains. They commemorate Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanche (Nʉmʉnʉʉ), and the territory called Comanchería where his people lived. Parker was the son of a Quahada Comanche man and a white woman, a heritage that made a lasting impact on his life.