Introduction to Dalhart, Texas

Dalhart, Texas, in Dallam county, is 69 miles NW of Amarillo, Texas (center to center) and 230 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dalhart History

In the early 20th century, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway built a track crossing the Fort Worth and Denver City line. W. J. Blair and Charles W. Thornton platted the original settlement in 1901 when it was known as "Twist Junction." Later, the name was changed to "Denrock," but the postal authorities objected to this name. Since the community was located at the border of the Dallam and Hartley counties, it was christened "Dalhart." On May 6, 1902. it was incorporated as a town, and it became a city on April 6, 1904. The presence of two railroad lines led to the establishment of roundhouses, machine shops, and a lever control tower which contributed to the growth and development of Dalhart. It also prospered as the transportation center for the XIT Ranch. The city remains the business hub for the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

Dalhart and Nearby Attractions

  • XIT Museum
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
  • Wonderland Park
  • Lake Rita Blanca Wildlife Management Area
  • Ute Lake State Park

Things To Do In Dalhart

The Don Harrington Discovery Center houses a planetarium and interactive exhibits. Ranching equipment and wagons from the XIT Ranch are displayed at the nearby XIT Museum, which also features several period rooms as well as a wedding chapel. The Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument showcases tools, arrowheads, and spears used by the Native Indians. Recreational activities like fishing, boating, camping, and picnicking can be pursued at the Ute Lake State Park. The Clayton Lake State Park that features dinosaur prints, is also near the city.

Dalhart Transportation

Air transportation is available from Amarillo International Airport.

Dalhart Higher Education

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, West Texas A&M University, and Amarillo College are located close to Dalhart.


Total Population 8,254
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,862
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $60,304
% Above Poverty Level 85.8%
% Below Poverty Level 14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $713
Median House Value $93,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 7.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dalhart Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NW of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 230 miles SE of Colorado Springs, Colorado
County Dallam
Standard Zip Codes 79022
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.059
Longitude -102.512

Dalhart Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 48 F
Apr Temp 38 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 90 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
Station DALHART 6 SW
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 35 to 68 F
Jul Temp 60 to 90 F
Oct Temp 37 to 71 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches
Station CHANNING 2
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 48 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 91 F
Oct Temp 42 to 71 F
Annual Precip 17.2 inches

Dalhart Public Libraries

Dallam-hartley County Library
Dalhart, Texas
(806) 244-2761

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Dalhart Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(806) 244-4571
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dalhart High Schools

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Serves 399 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

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Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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