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Father of the Panhandle settles near Claude

Amy Lovell, Executive Director of the Armstrong County Museum Amy Lovell, Executive Director of the Armstrong County Museum

Amarillo, TX - Claude is a unique town in itself, but its history is what makes it truly special.

What better way to learn the history of Claude than from the Father of the Texas Panhandle himself, Charles Goodnight?

Just outside of Claude is the original Goodnight house, where visitors are welcome to come experience the old west firsthand.

Charles Goodnight is said to be  the best-known rancher in Texas. Originally from Illinois, Goodnight moved to Texas in 1846, where he became a cowboy and served with local militia, fighting against Comanche raiders.

"He established the Goodnight loving cattle trail, which is very famously known,' Amy Lovell, Executive Director of the Armstrong County Museum, said. "The movie 'Lonesome Dove' is loosely based on the cattle drives that he and Mr. Loving took during that time period."

In fact, Goodnight and his wife are accredited with saving all the bison in the area from extinction.

All of this history can be revisited roughly 12 miles outside of Claude, where the Goodnight Historical Center is located.

"It's a beautiful home," Lovell said. "The first architecturally-designed home in the panhandle and it really remains beautiful to this day, even though styles and trends have changed."

Inside you'll find ornate rooms full of Goodnight artifacts, from the bed he slept in, to his kitchen. Descendants from the original bison of Goodnight's time roam nearby, and historical Palo Duro Canyon can be seen in the distance, truly a site founded by the one and only, Charles Goodnight.

The historical center is only two years old and has already had around 4,500 visitors from all across the nation. It's open year-round and admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors.

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