Friday evenings at 6:00 pm, St. Anthony’s Activity Center, 1401 Scott. $10.00 to participate, Family friendly activity.
Places to Visit
The XIT Museum
Offers a taste of the pioneer West through historical and period exhibits, farming and ranching displays, and extensive photographic documentation of bi-county history. The museum partners with local schools and art teachers to offer a visiting artist program. The newest exhibit at the museum will feature wildlife that are native to the area, some that are rare; the exhibit will also include hands-on learning activities. 806-244-5390
The La Rita Performing Arts Theatre
Located at 311 Denrock Avenue is a beautifully restored, 1930s period theatre offering community theater productions and other performing arts events. Built by W.L. (Wally) Hamilton as a movie theater. J.C. Parker. Mr. Parker later purchased the theatre and had the theater remodeled in the summer of 1942. The seating capacity was increased, including 40 “love” seats. Air conditioning, new sound equipment and new projection equipment were installed, making the facility one of the most modern in the Southwest. Tours of the facility are available if you call ahead. Tickets for events can be purchased at the door or in advance through the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce office (806-244-5646).
Dallam-Hartley County Library
Boasts more than 28,000 volumes, along with access to millions more through the Texas Panhandle Library System. The two counties split library costs. You can reach the library at 806-244-2761.
Twisted Elms Golf Club
(806-244-5596) on Highway 54 West, is a private country club offering an attractive, 18-hole golf course with a pro shop open year round, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and concessions.
The City of Dalhart maintains five beautiful parks in various locations for residents and visitors to use and enjoy.
Swimming Pool Park
Located at Tennessee & 16th Street, the newly-renovated swimming pool incorporates play and splash water features and slides for the enjoyment of young and old. The swimming pool is open during summer vacation and has a concession area. The entry fee is $3 per person, and special times are reserved for family nights, lap swimming and water aerobics. The pool can be reserved for private parties. Other amenities at the park include an outdoor skateboard facility, basketball courts, picnic pavilion, playground equipment and sand volleyball courts.
Veterans Memorial Park
Located at 7th & Rock Island, is home to the Dallam/Hartley Counties Veterans Memorial. This park features a walking trail, picnic areas, playground equipment and gazebo, perfect for gatherings.
Kella Hill Park
Located at Kendrick and 3rd Streets, also features a gazebo, walking trails, picnic tables and playground equipment.
North Side Park
Located at Dodson & Dallam Streets, has half court basketball, walking trails, playground equipment and picnic tables. Four tennis courts located at the Dalhart Junior High School on 16th Street are available for public use.
Memorial Stadium Track
Walkers and joggers make use of the park at 8th and Maple Street. Take a drive down Lake Road at five in the morning or nine at night, and you will find walkers, joggers and bicycle enthusiasts along the newly-constructed walking and biking trail on FM 281.
Rita Blanca Park
Located on FM 281, was once the northernmost state park in Texas, but is now owned and maintained by the City of Dalhart. Located on Farm to Market Road 281, Lake Rita Blanca is a prime recreational spot for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. The park has a 150-acre lake surrounded by 1,668 acres of fun. The lake is an excellent location for bird viewing throughout the year, but during the winter months it is beyond compare. The hiking/biking/horse trails around the area make it perfect for wildlife viewing. The lake area is available for tent camping; the fee is $3. The City has made many improvements including new restrooms, new playground equipment and better hiking/biking/riding trails and roads. The City plans to continue improving the lake area by adding lookouts for bird watching and adding more signs to aid park visitors. The newest addition to the area is a 9 hole disk golf course, rules are similar to golf only played with Frisbee, starting basket is near the coliseum building.
The newest addition to the Lake Rita Blanca is the Picnic Pavilion Park. This contemporary park features a large covered pavilion with picnic tables and a stage area. The newly constructed state-of-the-art play equipment includes two rock climbing walls and a moving stepping stone entrance, perfect for all ages. This area is closed to the public at 10 p.m. nightly. For further information, contact the City of Dalhart at 806-244-5511.
Rita Blanca Fishing Pond, part of the Rita Blanca Lake area, is stocked with trout. Fishing is open year round for all ages. Texas Parks & Wildlife rules apply and you must have a license. Kids are welcome to participate in the annual Kids Fishing Derby in May with lots of prizes.
ATV/Dirt Bike Track, located on FM 281 was established by the City of Dalhart for ATV and other off-road enthusiasts. The dirt track covers several acres and features hills, bumps, curves and other features that make riding your ATV, dirt bike or other off-road toys lots of fun.
Rita Blanca National Grasslands (575-374-9652) are managed by the United States Forest Service and encompass 77,463 acres in Texas, along with 15,860 adjacent acres in Oklahoma. Each year recreation at the national grasslands continues to grow. Visitors hike, bird watch, hunt, ride horses, use off-road vehicles in designated areas or simply enjoy the outdoors. Picnic facilities are available at Thompson Grove, about 14 miles northeast of Texline, Texas.
Youth and Adult Association Leagues offer league play and tournaments for the whole family. Adult Summer Softball, youth football, baseball and much more is offered in Dalhart. The City of Dalhart recently renovated the little league ballparks and added two new adult softball fields complete with restroom facilities and a concession stand.
Things to See
The Sesquicentennial Monument was erected outside the Dallam County Courthouse in 1986 in celebration of both the state sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The granite monument depicts the state outline highlighted by the XIT Ranch shape.
Dalhart’s Empty Saddle Monument, just north of the Highway 87 underpass, commemorates the pioneers who died settling the Panhandle. The empty saddle is symbolic of all the cowhands and pioneers who built the town. The monument was designed by local artist Bobby Dycke and built in 1940. -This is currently taken down due to the road construction on Highway 87.
The James R. Fox Memorial was erected in 2003 outside the Dallam County Courthouse. Donated to the City by the Peoples Republic of China, the monument is in remembrance of James R. Fox, who flew rescue missions during World War II for the Hump Pilots Association.
The Veterans Memorial Park, formerly known as 7th Street Park, now features The Dallam/Hartley Counties Veterans Memorial. This was a grassroots project that began with an idea and was funded by donations from the community. The memorial will honor all who served our country in all branches of the military in peacetime or wartime. The entry to the memorial honors those who were killed or are missing in action. In addition to the stones containing the names of our veterans, three stones will give a brief history of the U.S. Wars and conflicts. The memorial is lighted for nighttime viewing. This is a perpetual care memorial, so names will continue to be added as men and women from the area continue to serve our country.