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


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


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