Buffalo Hereford Mix

May 7, 2012

One of the buffalo hereford mix, often referred to as a cattalo or a beefalo, in the snow.

The Texas Historical Foundation has elected to support the Charles Goodnight Ranch House restoration by giving almost $225,000 for the project being coordinated by the Armstrong County Museum.

“We looked at several projects across the state, but in the end, the board thought that the Goodnight House restoration was especially worthwhile. For one thing, this project will likely add new information to Texas’s historical record and shed new light into the life of one of the state’s legendary cattlemen,” said an official for the Foundation.

This photo documents what is believed to be the last time Charles Goodnight ever rode a horse.

See coverage of the THF’s support of the Goodnight House restoration in the Amarillo Globe-News.

The Goodnight House

April 26, 2012

“We have one description that the floor was covered with buffalo hides and there were various paintings on the wall. There were five fireplaces in the house and three of them stem from one major chimney … one opens into the living room, one into the bedroom, and one into the receiving room.” -Montie Hubbard Goodin

“It opens on the outside to what was known as the sleeping porch. It was a beautiful view … You can look across the countryside into the canyons. It screened in and the stories are that Mr. Goodnight slept out there. He had spent so many years on the open range, he really enjoyed sleeping outside, and I don’t suppose a hard bed meant anything to him.” -Montie Hubbard Goodin

Illustration by Ashley Shahan

Sam Burrow, manager of Goodnight's buffalo herd, with the buffalo.

A dugout in Palo Duro Canyon--possible the one in which Charles and Molly first lived.

“Together they conquered a new land and performed a duty to man and God. He was a trailblazer and Indian Scout. She was a quiet home-loving woman. Together they built a home on the Palo Duro Canyon in 1876. They developed the cattle industry. They fathered higher education and civic enterprises. To them the Panhandle pays reverent and grateful tribute.”

The Goodnights, having no children, began to care very much for the little boy that was growing up in their home. My father, Cleo Hubbard, was often spoken of as the foster son of Charles Goodnight. He was not his son but he was raised as his son, and taught everything about the cattle, buffalo, and horses that Mr. Goodnight would have done for his own son.
–Montie Hubbard Goodin

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Cleo Hubbard was the last foreman on the Goodnight Ranch before the death of Charles Goodnight in 1929.

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Emery and Montie Hubbard Goodin have been instrumental in working to restore the Charles Goodnight Ranch House.

The Entrepreneur

March 26, 2012

Charles Goodnight financed and produced a movie, “Old Texas 1916,” shot near his home in 1916 in an effort to interest investors in his buffalo ranching operation. He also invested in Mexican silver mines which were nationalized by Mexico after the Mexican Revolution.

During his time in the Texas Panhandle, Goodnight, not satisfied to live on his fortune, started several banks, began two newspapers, and founded two churches.

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Goodnight College

March 20, 2012

Goodnight College - Goodnight, Texas

Stock Certificate for Goodnight College

Molly Goodnight was instrumental when Charles and Molly moved to Goodnight in getting the college started. Later the orphan’s home was built. She was always looking toward education and the care of the children. She invited the college students out to the house regularly.

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