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Goodnight in Armstrong County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Old Goodnight Ranch

 
 
Site of Old Goodnight Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Timothy McDaniel, November 5, 2011
1. Site of Old Goodnight Ranch Marker
Inscription.
First ranch in the Texas panhandle
Established in 1876 by
Charles Goodnight
1836- 1929
Noted scout, Indian fighter, trail blazer
and rancher
The Burbank of the range

 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 4850.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 35° 1.838′ N, 101° 10.979′ W. Marker is in Goodnight, Texas, in Armstrong County. Marker can be reached from County Road 25 0.2 miles south of U.S. 287, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the northeast corner of the Goodnight ranch house. Marker is in this post office area: Clarendon TX 79226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quanah Parker Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Goodnight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town of Goodnight (approx. half a mile away); Dugout of W. M. Dye (approx. 11.1 miles away); Armstrong County (approx. 11.4 miles away); Dr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Warner
Site of Old Goodnight Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
2. Site of Old Goodnight Ranch Marker
(approx. 11.4 miles away); Route of Coronado Expedition (approx. 11.4 miles away); Town of Claude (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goodnight.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Goodnight Ranch House image. Click for full size.
By Timothy McDaniel, November 5, 2011
3. Goodnight Ranch House
The Goodnights moved in this spacious, two-story house on December 27, 1887. Records show that he hired a carpenter for $100 a month to travel to Louisiana to select cypress wood for the house, which became the first home in Goodnight, Texas. The 2,900 square foot, two-story Victorian style home contains hardwood floors made in Trinidad, Colorado, and has leaded stained glass in the windows. The house contains a 361 square foot basement and a 268-square foot sleeping porch on the south side. Two out buildings still stand on the property. Over the years , plumbing and bathrooms, were added, but the house remains essentially as Goodnight had it built and was occupied until 1998. The house was state of the art in its day, a graceful structure with five chimneys and a three color paint scheme. It included wide porches and bay windows. inside, beneath 9'4" ceilings, were four bedrooms, a parlor, Goodnights office, a dining room, a kitchen and a ballroom where Molly Goodnight entertained. The house was bought by the Mattie Hedgecock estate in 1933, and used as ranch headquarters until 1998. Mr. and Mrs. Brent Caviness, and Mr. and Mrs. Marsh Pittman bought the house in 2004. In 2005, they donated the home and 30 acres to the Armstrong county museum. In 2007 the house received Historical designation from the state of Texas and the national register of historical places.
Bison image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
4. Bison
Nearby bison herd, descendants of the herd raised by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Timothy McDaniel of Clarendon, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,067 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Timothy McDaniel of Clarendon, Texas.   2. submitted on December 14, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Timothy McDaniel of Clarendon, Texas.   4. submitted on December 14, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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