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

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 Ranch

Famed XIT was world's largest ranch under fence in 1880s, three million acres! The State of Texas, far richer in land than cash, granted 3,050,000 acres of land in 1882 to a Chicago corporation for construction of state capitol. An English company, the Capitol Freehold Land &

Dalhart, TX Ranches

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

LaRita Theater

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

Dalhart, TX Theatres

Things to do near Dalhart, TX

Yoakum County Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum

Exhibits include display of dinosaur fossils and casts; a complete replica of a 15-ft. mastodon, and much more. One of the un...

Amarillo Livestock Auction

This is one of the largest privately owned cattle auctions. More than 100,000 head of cattle sold in the auction ring each ye...

Ranching Heritage Center

History of ranching told through 35 authentic structures moved to this 16-acre site: bunkhouse, barn, dugout, windmills, ranc...

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

Complex of 15 historic structures that tell the history of the last 50 years of the Texas frontier. Visitors tour three histo...