Charles Goodnight Historical Center
The Charles Goodnight Project begun in 2006 has introduced the first two of the four attractions, which make up the project and will have all four ready for Texas travelers in April 2013. At the grand opening of the historic Charles Goodnight Buffalo Ranch House on Oct. 5-6 a variety of activities marked the occasion. The fully restored and furnished house was designated with a plaque noting inclusion on the National Historic Register, a dedication for the bronze by sculpture Veryl Goodnight, “Back From the Brink”, and a book signing by Texas State Photographer Wyman Meinzer were highlights. The new book, titled “Charles Goodnight: A Man For All Ages” is available in paperback, hardcover, and a limited Bison Edition of 300 boxed sets through the Armstrong County Museum in Claude, Texas.
Travelers on State Highway 287 between Amarillo and Clarendon can visit the house and the new J. Evetts Haley Visitor and Education Center when regular hours of operation begin in April 2013. The visitor center will feature original art carrying the theme of transportation in the Texas Panhandle, an exhibit about the modern bison industry and video about Charles Goodnight, his buffalo ranch, and the restoration of the house. The last piece of the project involves the return of the genetically pure descendants of Goodnights original herd managed by Buffalo Gold and Caprock Canyon State Park by Jan. 1. The buffalo herd may be viewed on the grounds of the Buffalo Gold facility at the entrance to the historical center.