Web Extra: On the Trail of Charles Goodnight
See related: Charles Goodnight's Legacy
By Nola McKey
Like many legendary historical figures, Charles Goodnight sparks strong passions and sometimes differing opinions. The following authorities provided valuable input and feedback for one or both articles in our two-part series on the storied cattleman. Each of their related institutions offers additional information about the life and legacy of Charles Goodnight.
Andy Wilkinson, poet, singer, songwriter, playwright, and a distant relative of Charles Goodnight. He wrote the award-winning Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night, a one-man play with Barry Corbin. Wilkinson is currently artist-in-residence at the Southwest Collection of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and a visiting assistant professor in the university’s School of Music and in the Honors College. For details about the Southwest Collection, call 806/742-3749; www.swco.ttu.edu.
William Elton Green, Curator of History Emeritus at
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. (As a public historian in Canyon,
Green is available privately for historical and genealogical research, exhibit
development, artifact research and evaluation, and public speaking.) For
details about the museum, call 806/651-2244; www.panhandleplains.org. To contact Green, call 806/674-0969 or email
J. P. “Pat” McDaniel, director of the Haley Memorial Library and History Center in Midland. For details about the library, call 432.682.5785; www.haleylibrary.com.
Montie Goodin, board chairman of the Armstrong County Museum in Claude, which has raised almost $2 million to transform the Folk Victorian house near Caprock in which Charles Goodnight once lived into the Charles Goodnight Historical Center. Goodin was born in the house in 1931. For details about the museum and the status of the center, call 806/226-2187; www.armstrongcountymuseum.com.
Although author Julia Robinson relied heavily on J. Evetts Haley’s 1936 biography, Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman, while researching our series on Goodnight, she consulted the following sources as well:
From the June 2012 issue.