Dalhart is a city in Dallam and Hartley counties.
Dalhart was founded in 1901. The town's name combines the first syllables of Dallam and Hartley counties.
Dalhart is the county seat of Dallam County.
The population of Dalhart was 7,930 at the 2010 census.
Dalhart sits at the intersection of U.S. Highway 87, 385, and 54. Two miles south of Dalhart is Rita Blanca Canyon, site of Rita Blanca Lake State Park.
Agriculture is a major part of Dalhart's healthy economy, health care, tourism and state corrections also help contribute to the strength of the local economy. Retailers and other businesses find lots of opportunity for success in this Panhandle community as well. The workforce is diverse and includes skilled labor, public safety officers, and other professionals.
Several groups have contributed to our successful economic development - including the City of Dalhart and Dallam and Hartley counties as they established the Dalhart Economic Development Corporation. Assistance through the 4B sales tax has resulted in several community improvement projects including the remodeled coliseum, swimming pool renovations, and more. The High Ground of Texas and the High Plains Dairy Council have both played a huge role in promoting economic success in the Dalhart area.
The High Plains Dairy Council has been extremely successful in attracting dairies to the area. HPDC, with help from Dalhart, Dumas, Amarillo and the State of Texas, successfully recruited the Hilmar Cheese plant. Hilmar Cheese, an outstanding manufacturing facility on the West Coast, selected Dalhart as the home of their second plant. The groundbreaking took place in the spring of 2006 and the plant began producing cheese in October 2007.
The addition of the new Hilmar Cheese Facility and growing dairy industry, the future for a strong economy in Dalhart continues to look promising. It is estimated the capital investments for these two aspects of our local economy will total around $200 million.
Large employers include the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Union Pacific and Santa Fe railroads, Dalhart Independent School District, and Dallam/Hartley Counties Hospital District. Other industries with a growing employee base include confined animal feeding operations, financial services, technology services, dairies, farming, ranching and more.
Dalhart (244-5511-City Hall) is governed by the mayor (Kevin Caddell), a nine-member city council and a city manager (Greg Duggan). The city manager oversees 10 department personnel including the Police Chief (806-244-5544). The City of Dalhart manages water, sewer and garbage services for residents of the city. A full-time fire chief and 30 volunteer firemen operate the fire department, which has an excellent Fire Insurance Services Organization rating of 6.
The city of Dalhart sits in two counties, Dallam County on the North and Hartley County on the South. The county judge is the presiding officer and a voting member of the commissioners court and the constitutional county court. The county judge for Dallam County is Judge David Field (244-2450), while the county judge for Hartley County is Judge Ronnie Gordon (235-3442).
Four commissioners are elected in each county from individual precincts. The commissioners and the county judge make up the county commissioners court, which is the governing body of the county. Dallam and Hartley Counties operate a bi-county court, which features four commissioners and a judge from each county.
Also providing law enforcement protection in the area are the Dallam County Sheriff's Department (806-244-2313) with 11 staff members, the Hartley County Sheriff's Department (806-244-2031) with seven staff members, and the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol (806-244-6334), with three officers stationed in Dalhart. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintains a presence as well, with a game warden in the region.
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