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XIT Museum, Dalhart

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The XIT Museum in Dalhart, Texas, seeks to preserve the history and culture of one of the best-known ranches of the American West, the legendary XIT, which at its peak encompassed parts of ten Texas counties along a 200-mile stretch of acreage in the late 19th century. The ranch operated from 1885–1912. The museum exhibits include a model of an XIT division headquarters. The museum also displays period artifacts: an early kitchen, parlor, bedroom, an inspirational chapel, dozens of historic photographs, and collections of guns, hats, and cameras.

The railroad exhibit stems from a major event of May 31, 1901, when the Rock Island, now Union Pacific, crossed the Fort Worth and Denver Railway lines near the stop called “Twist Junction”, which became the future Dalhart, derived from the combination of Dallam and Hartley counties. Another popular exhibit is that devoted to the life of the county sheriff. There is also wildlife exhibit of mostly birds.

Dalhart also offers live theater at its LaRita Performing Arts Theatre, an original 1920s film palace.
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  • Since I grew up in XIT land, it was a trip down memory lane for me. Many of the names mentioned were in my memories. I would recommend this museum to anyone interested in the lore of the Texas Panhand...  more »
  • We all enjoyed walking around the museum and seeing pics of the old cowboys and other old things. There was also a more modern area about the dairys, the kids found interesting  more »
  • The XIT Museum tells the story of the great XIT Ranch, the history of the city of Dalhart, and the Panhandle region of Texas. My three kids love going to the museum and they learn something new each t...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place, there are many different things like my grandma's house
  • Frontier life with cattle and horses and all the trappings represented finely here at the xit Museum
  • Loved the museum! Being from a ranching /farming background I really enjoyed the displays.
  • interesting history I never knew about.
  • Neat little small-town museum.

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