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The XIT Museum

The XIT Museum is located in downtown Dalhart, Texas in the old courthouse.  The museum is free to enter, but graciously accepts donations.  It’s operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-5pm, even during COVID.  Visitors just need to ring the doorbell to call a friendly volunteer to unlock the door.

The XIT Museum includes four show rooms.  The first, large room features the history of the XIT Ranch.  The XIT Ranch began as the largest fenced area in the world in 1880.  It was 3,000,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle set aside by the Texas constitution to be used to finance a new capitol building.