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Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail

 
 
The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail Marker
Inscription. The highway from this museum to the Palo Duro State Park (12 miles east) approximates course used by Charles Goodnight, outstanding Texas cowman and trail blazer, when he trailed 1600 cattle from Colorado to found first ranch on the staked plains of Texas in 1876.

He entered precipitous Palo Duro Canyon by way of old Comanche Indian trail; drove thousands of buffalo from what is now park area; established his home ranch a few miles farther down canyon.

Goodnight was born in Illinois, March 5, 1836. At age of 9 he rode bareback to Texas behind covered wagon driven by his parents; he hunted with Caddo Indians beyond the frontier at 14; guided Texas Rangers fighting Comanche and Kiowas at 25; blazed cattle trails about 2,000 miles long with Oliver Loving at 30.

In partnership with John G. Adair, he expanded his original Palo Duro ranch into the giant JA and other holdings of more than a million acres and 100,000 cattle. He preserved the buffalo, founded a college, encouraged the settlement of the plains and led in a long fight for law and order.

This foremost plainsman died March 12, 1929; and is buried at Goodnight, Texas.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5302.)
 
Location.
The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail Marker
34° 58.798′ N, 101° 55.036′ W. Marker is in Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is on 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Panhandle-Plains Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon TX 79015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T-Anchor Ranch (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon (about 500 feet away); First National Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo Courts (approx. mile away); Mary E. Hudspeth House (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of Wagon Yard (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canyon.
 
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Col. Charles Goodnight image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Col. Charles Goodnight
1836 – 1929
Trailblazer – Cowman – Plainsman
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 83 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 11, 2016. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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