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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

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

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 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

Things to do near Dalhart, TX

Pioneer City-County Museum

More than a dozen display rooms depict the lives of early Nolan County settlers. Extensive photograph files, farm and ranch e...

Terry County Historical Museum

Local heritage displays, pioneer kitchen, artifacts. In restored A. M. Brownfield Home....

Mackenzie Trail Monument

Large hand-carved marker erected by descendants of early ranchers, summarizes the famous Mackenzie Trail and what it meant to...

Don Freeman Memorial Museum

Located on the east side of the square, next to City Hall, museum provides timeline of Concho County's development from early...

Archer City Country Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...