Tremendous to see these vintage scenes despite many being posed. Goodnight obviously possessed a genuine sense of history and understood he had lived through a transitional period.
My grandmother was raised near Wayside on the rim of the Palo Duro. She was born in 1910. She used to tell us about a time when she was a little girl and their neighbor, Charles Goodnight, invited all the neighbors over to his place. She said he brought some Indians over from the reservation in Oklahoma and had them kill and butcher a buffalo. And then they had a big barbequed buffalo dinner. She never mentioned anything about Mr. Goodnight filming the event. I imagine she didn"t remember that part. She likely never saw the film. She would have been either 5 or 6 years old, depending on what month this happened in 1916. She passed away a few months shy of her 100th birthday in 2010. I wish she could have seen this film. She would have loved seeing it. Maybe she could tell me if the kids at the 22:40 mark are her and her siblings. I can"t tell.
A rare look into the past!
Michael B. Bryant
An exquisite piece of Americana. I never knew that Charles Goodnight made any films of such and early time period. I recognized not only him and his ranch house off U.S 287 but also the old place in the depths of the Palo Duro. Was something to see.
Wow, this was incredible! Where has it been all these years?
love the history of the ranches in the panhandle. In the past years have many books on the indians and the settlement of Texas. The book Quana Parker, his relationship was talked about and of course Palo Duro Canyon and its importance to the Commache.
Can"t thank you enough for posting this little gem.
An amazing and wonderful look at the past.
This 'Old Texas' film is extraordinary! What a find! I thought it had been long lost. Where did you locate it? Thanks, David