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Dalhart, Texas

Founded in 1901 at the junction of two railroads, Dalhart was known as the headquarters of the famous XIT Ranch, 3,050,000 acres which were deeded by the state to the Capital Syndicate of Chicago in exchange for building the Texas state capital in Austin.

The city was first called Twist, the designation of a railroad section, later Denrock, combining the railroad names, and finally Dalhart, a syllable combination of two counties (Dallam and Hartley) in which the town lies. Currently Dalhart is the seat of Dallam County and a shipping point for cattle, grains and other agricultural products.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lake Rita Blanca State Park

Fantastic opportunities for viewing and photographing various species of birds and other wildlife await visitors. In Oct., migrating geese stop over and the population has reached more than 100,000

Dalhart, TX State Parks

LaRita Theater

A beautifully restored theatre with professional and amateur stage productions produced by Dalhart Community Theatre.

Dalhart, TX Theatres

XIT Rodeo & Reunion

Honors old-time XIT ranch hands and celebrates the heritage of the huge ranch. Even features PRCA Rodeo, fiddlers contest, and the world's largest free barbecue the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of August.

Dalhart, TX Rodeos

Empty Saddle Monument

A favorite photo subject, monument stands at north end of Dalhart's V-shaped underpass. Designed by a cowboy after a widow asked that a horse bearing an empty saddle appear in annual reunion parade in tribute to her husband, former XIT Ranch cowpoke. U.S. 87

Dalhart, TX Monuments

XIT Historical Museum

Wealth of exhibits include XIT Ranch, railroad antiques, Indian artifacts, frontier firearms, cowboy clothing, saddles and tack. Also completely furnished kitchen, parlor and bedroom, c. 1900, and frontier chapel with pump organ.

Dalhart, TX Museums

Things to do near Dalhart, TX

Abilene State Park

621-acre park near Lake Abilene; camping, trailer facilities, picnicking, shelters, swimming pool, rest rooms and showers, hi...

Dickens County Museum

Early pioneer and ranching heritage collection. Includes county, city, and area histories, photo gallery, antique furniture, ...

Pioneer West Museum

Housed in the former Reynolds Hotel, typical drummers' hotel of 1920s and 30s, museum fills some 20 rooms with fascinating va...

Knox County Veterans Memorial

Located at corner of U.S. 82 and Texas 6, impressive monument dedicated in 2000 honors allKnox County veterans from the Spani...

Clark Gardens

Open since 2000, the gardens resulted from the vision of Max and Billie Clark, who wanted to create a Texas version of an Eng...