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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Texas Panhandle : Hartley

HARTLEY, TEXAS

First Hartley County Seat

Hartley County, Texas Panhandle
Hwy 87 and 385
15 miles N of Channing
15 miles S of Dalhart on Hwy 385
24 miles W of Dumas on Hwy 87
73 miles NW of Amarillo

Population: 441 (2000)

Hartley, Texas Area Hotels:
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Hartley Tx Skyline
Hartley Skyline
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

Hartley, Texas Topics of Interest

History in a Pecan Shell
Hartley Today Photo Gallery
Hartley County Seat - Channing next page
Hartley County Courthouse next page
Hartley County Courthouse Historical Marker
Hartley County Jail next page
Hartley County Centennial Marker
History in a Pecan Shell

Hartley had been the county seat, but Channing got the railroad. The frame courthouse in Hartley was put on wheels and pulled 15 miles to Channing by cowboys from the XIT Ranch (and armed deputies). This was in 1903 and the deputies were needed since there was strong opposition to the change of county seats. Channing was the headquarters of the XIT Ranch.

The town's namesakes were the Brothers Hartley; Oliver Cromwell and Rufus, early lawyers in the area.
Hartley Tx Road Sign
Hartley City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Photographer's Note:
Another nice Panhandle town.
Don't know why I like road signs. I just do. Hartley and Channing are two of my favorites. - Barclay Gibson
Hartley Tx - Former Hartley County Jail
Former Hartley County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
First Hartley County Jail
Built 1892, during land boom. Has not been used as jail since 1903.
Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, 1966
Hartley Tx - Former Hartley County Jail
Historical landmark fallen into disrepair
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Hartley Tx - Former Hartley County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , July 2009
Hartley Tx - Former Hartley County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Hartley Tx - Quanset huts
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Hartley Tx Grain Elevators
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Hartley Tx Grain Elevators
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Hartley Tx Grain Elevators
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
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Hartley Tx - Closed Garage
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Historical Marker Texas
Location - Channing
Hartley County Courthouse
Hartley County was created in January 1891, and an election held that year designated the town of Hartley as county seat. A frame courthouse was built on the town square. In October 1896, largely due to XIT Ranch interests, a second election was held which resulted in the removal of the county seat to Channing. The frame courthouse was dismantled and moved to the new county seat, where it was reconstructed.

In May 1905 the commissioners court approved the construction of a new courthouse. Contracts were awarded to Solan & Wickens, contractors, and O. G. Roquemore, architect. The 2-story, structure was completed in October 1906 at a cost of $10,525. The beaux arts style building features a triumphal arch on the front facade, native sandstone base, and Roman Ionic paired columns. When completed, the top story provided a courtroom and two offices, and there were five offices and a lobby on the first floor. At the time of construction, the building was served by its own water well and lighting system. A vault was added to the county clerk's office in 1927. A second vault and jury dormitories were built in 1935.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1987.
1936 Centennial Highway Marker
Location: Hartley - U.S. 87
Hartley County
Formed from Young and Bexar territories: Created, August 21, 1876. Organized, February 5, 1891. Named in honor of two brothers, Oliver Cromwell and Rufus K. Hartley. Distinguished members of the Texas Bar. Hartley, the county seat.
(1936)
Catholic mural in Hartley, Texas
A Catholic mural in Hartley
Photo courtesy James Feagin, May 2001
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