American Heartlands & Dusty Reins Stories
Crazy Horse Monument

Whistle Stop Trading Post

Clarendon, Texas is located in the Southeastern portion of the Texas Panhandle and established on a small portion of the JA Ranch managed by Charles Goodnight. The community was started by a group of fundamentalist Methodists who wanted to separate themselves from unrighteous societies. The community quickly became known as "Saints' Roost".

Clarendon recently held its 145th Saints' Roost Independence Day Celebration 2022 with community events in and near the Donley County Courthouse Square and three evenings of ranch rodeo action hosted by the Clarendon Outdoor Entertainment Association.

The samples below are from documenting the events here for several years.

Annual Parade 2019

I am currently rebuilding this page as I find the time to reorganize the content I have documented in Clarendon and Donley County.


I have added pages for the annual events.

Saints' Roost Celebration - 145 years of celebrating the independence of the United States of America and its people.

Saints' Roost Ranch Rodeo  - One of the oldest continuously held ranch rodeos in the United States.

Charles Goodnight Chuck Wagon Cook-off - You will see some of the top Chuck Wagon cook-off competitors competing for the highest honors in this annual living history competition and tribute to our Texas heritage dating back to the late 1800s.

Saints' Roost Museum

A community tribute to the history of the historic JA Ranch managed by the legendary Charles Goodnight and the history of Donley County and host of the annual Charles Goodnight Chuckwagon Cook-off.

The Whistle Stop


Many thanks to Buster Bruce for helping to arrange oral history interviews with five Donley county residents. He was the primary interviewer since he knew them personally. Bruce and some of the folks below have already passed on and without his help, none of the stories recorded in the playlists below would be possible. If you are willing to do the same as Bruce did for your county, please Contact Us!

Jack Moreman - Ranch Manager, AG Educator

Bill Craft - Lifelong Rancher

Bobbie Mcqueen - Farmwife And Caregiver To Children

Henry Like - Lifelong Ranch Hand

Johnny Hill - Horse Trainer And Ranch Hand

Punch Skelton - Lifelong Ranch Hand and Bootmaker


Clarendon, Texas

Clarendon, Texas - Facebook

The Clarendon Enterprise - Spreading the word since 1878

TSHA | Clarendon, TX - Texas State Historical Association

Clarendon, Texas - Google Maps

Dusty Reins Schedule

You may see several events on the same day. I can only pick one to go next depending on where I was located during the prior event I attended. Fuel is expensive these days!