The Book

By Nicholas Neppach

The book is a center piece of the project is titled “Charles Goodnight: A Man for All Ages.” It will contain information about Charles Goodnight and his life, his ranch, the buffalo, and the Goodnight house.

The book became available in October of this year and was published as a joint venture of the Armstrong county museum, the Texas Plains Trail, Hardin-Simmons University and Four-O Publishing.

The limited deluxe bison edition became available also in October it is in support of the Goodnight historical center the binding and box design is by Jace Graf at Cloverleaf studio in Austin, Texas. This limited edition is made with a quarter buffalo leather sewn binding, colored end-sheets, letterpress colophon and direct stamped spine and paper front board label. It is packaged in a full cloth box with direct stamp and paper print portfolio with one direct stamp and a museum grade mylar folio interior.

Each box will include an original 8×10 archival print of JA brand, 2012 numbered and signed by photographer Wyman Meinzer. This limited edition is available exclusively from the Armstrong County museum and is priced at $1,500.00. To contact the 
Armstrong museum you can call (806)-226-2187. For more information visit



The Media Contact List

By Nicholas Neppach

For this project two of our classes students Bradley Nicholas and Keilan Ollor put together a media contact list for the press kit that will be sent out this week.

It will contain information about the restored house, the buffalo, and the Goodnight ranch. They were responsible for calling over one hundred contacts. These contacts consisted of radio stations, and TV stations. Some of these stations were local some were not even in the state of Texas.

For each contact they made sure to get an email address, a physical address, a person they could contact, and a phone number they could attach to the contact.  This was all done to ensure the press kit was sent to the right individual. The overall process will have taken them about three weeks once the press kit is sent out to all the contacts they connected.

The Charles Goodnight Visitors Center

By Nicholas Neppach

Along with the restoration and opening of the Charles Goodnight house, which opened this month, comes the visitor center. The visitor center is located just off highway 287 between Claude and Clarendon sits right next to the Goodnight house.

The visitor center will include video that will tell the story of Charles Goodnight, the buffalo herd that will live next door to the house, and the restoration of the Goodnight house.

Other things in the visitor center will include an exhibit with the theme of transportation. The Art Department and the History Department of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas will depict this in woodcuts prints and research in cooperation with the Armstrong county museum.

Goodnight and the Parkers

Cynthia Ann Parker was captured as a young girl by the Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa Indians in 1836. She was  adopted into the tribe and raised by a Comanche couple. Parker soon forgot her past life with her original family, prefering a life with the Comanches. She refused several times to return home to her relatives. She married Peta Nocoma, the young chief and bore three children: Quanah, Pecos and Topsannah. In 1860, a young Charles Goodnight was scouting the area and he found an encampment of Comanches. He guided his fellow Texas Rangers, led by Lawrence Sullivan Ross. (To be sure, Goodnight did not mean to capture Cynthia Ann. He was doing his job as a Texas Ranger.) They captured three Comanches, one which was a mother with fair skin and blue eyes. Col. Isaac Parker later identified the captured Comanche woman as his niece, Cynthia Ann. While traveling through Fort Worth she was photographed with her daughter at her breast and her hair cut short, a Comanche sign of mourning. She thought that Peta Nocona was dead and feared that she would never see her sons again. On April 8, 1861, a sympathetic Texas legislature voted her a grant of $100 annually for five years and a league of land and appointed Isaac D. and Benjamin F. Parker her guardians. But she was never reconciled to living in white society and made several unsuccessful attempts to flee to her Comanche family.

Cynthia Ann Parker and her daughter, Topsannah.

Cynthia Ann Parker’s son, Quanah Parker, grew up to become the last of the Comanches chiefs. He was Chief of the Quahadis (“Antelopes”),the most warlike of the various Comanche bands. He fought to defend Native American hunting grounds and when he could no longer defend, he fiercely compromised with the U.S. government to keep the traditions of his tribe alive. He also became good friends with Charles Goodnight. The two even had plans to come over to Goodnight’s ranch and help Goodnight film a short film with a live buffalo hunt. Charles Goodnight gave him several buffaloes throughout the years.

Quanah Parker, done in beading by Marcus Amerman.

Marcus Amerman is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He was born in Phoenix, AZ and grew up in the Pacific Northwest before settling in Santa Fe, NM. He received a BA in Fine Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and took additional art courses at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. He credits the Plateau region and its wealth of talented bead artists with introducing him to the “traditional” art form of beadwork. He quickly made this art form his own, however, by creating a new genre of bead artistry in which beads are stitched down, one by one, to create realistic, pictorial images, not just large color fields or patterns.

An Iris print of Quanah Parker done by Robert Orduno, an Apache artist

An Iris printer is a large format colour inkjet printer manufactured by the Graphic Communications Group of Eastman Kodak, which is used for digital prepress proofing. Iris printers use a continuous flow ink system to produce continuous-tone output on various media, including paper, canvas, silk, linen and other textiles….The prints are noted for their accurate color reproduction….Prints produced by an Iris printer are commonly called “Iris prints”, “Iris proofs”, or simply “Irises”….Another generic name “giclée” is also used for this type of print. Some artist and fine art printers still prefer to call prints produced on an Iris printer an “Iris print”.

Charles Goodnight and the Lonesome Dove

Proclaimed as one of the greatest westerns of all time, Lonesome Dove was a TV series  based on the book Lonesome Dove, written by Larry McMurtry, a 1986 Pulitzer prize winning novel. Produced by Motown Productions, Lonesome Dove was broadcast on CBS in 1989. It starred Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae, Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow F. Call, Rick Schroder as Newt, Diane Lane as Lorena Wood, Danny Glover as Joshua Deets, Robert Urich as Jake Spoon, Anjelica Huston as Clara Allen, Frederic Forrest as Blue Duck, Chris Cooper as July Johnson, and Barry Corbin as Roscoe Brown. The majority of the miniseries was filmed at the Moody Ranch located seven miles south of Del Rio, Texas. Other locations used for filming, were ranches, in Texas and New Mexico. Real ranch horses were used for authenticity during the filming of the movie.The basic story is a slightly fictionalized account of Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving’s cattle drive. In particular, Loving (Gus) was attacked by Indians, and died several weeks later of blood poisoning with Goodnight (Call) at his side. Goodnight honored Loving’s dying request to be taken back to Texas for burial.

Captain Augustus “Gus” McCrae and Captain Woodrow F. Call look similar to Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight.

Synopis of Lonesome Dove: Retired Texas Rangers Gus McRae and Woodrow Call are content to live out their remaining years in the tiny Texas town of Lonesome Dove. Then their old friend Jake comes to town, and tells them about the incredible opportunities for cattle ranching in Montana. Encouraged by this, Call convinces Gus and many other townspeople to go on a perilous cattle drive to Montana. Gus has another agenda though: his former sweetheart now lives in Nebraska, and he hopes for a second chance with her. As the drive goes on it takes on an epic scale, ultimately becoming what could well be called the central event in the lives of all involved.

Scene from Lonesome Dove

Click link above to see a clip of Lonesome Dove above.

Lonesome Dove book cover