Introduction to Dalhart, Texas
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.
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.