Texas Plains Trail Region

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Hartley County Courthouse, Channing (1906)
Hartley County Courthouse, Channing (1906)

The Hartley County Courthouse is situated at 900 Main Street between West 9th and West 10th Streets in Channing. The historical marker in front indicates that the building was constructed in a Beaux Arts style featuring a triumphal arch on the front façade, while the building's cornerstone indication the courthouse was constructed in 1906 by architect O.Q. Rouquemore. It's a working courthouse, and while visitors can stroll its tree-shaded grounds, you can also visit the interior during normal business hours.

Just around the corner on the 10th Street side is the Hartley County Jail. Constructed as the same red brick as the courthouse, the jail features high arched, barred widows. Constructed in 1908, the jail is still in use today.

On the opposite end of town at Fifth and Railroad Streets sits the XIT Ranch House, headquarters of what was the once the largest ranch in the world under fence in the 1880s. Destined in 2008 to be dismantled and moved to the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock for reconstruction, the historic building remained in Channing thanks to vigorous mobilization and fund-raising by local citizens.


  • Contact: Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 806-244-5646
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  • XIT General Office, Channing, Texas