Goodnight: Charles Goodnight Historical Center

Mary Ann Dyer’s upbringing at Fort Belknap, west of present-day Graham, Texas, introduced her to the frontier existence she would later share while ranching with her husband, Charles Goodnight. During their life on the JA Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon Molly, as she was called, worked to protect young orphaned buffalo. Learn more about her quest to save the bison here.


In 1887 the Goodnights moved to northeast Armstrong County, where today their restored home serves as the centerpiece of the Charles Goodnight Historical Center in Goodnight. The center chronicles the story of Charles Goodnight and his wife, Mary Ann, whose work to rescue the Southern Plains buffalo helped save the species from extinction. 

Charles Goodnight Historical Center

  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (March-October), Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November – February)
  • Admission: Adults: $10, Ages 12 and under: $5
  • 4989 County Rd. 25, Goodnight, TX
  • 806-944-5591 or toll free 855-880-6499
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  • National Register of Historic Places