The town of Channing was organized in 1890 as a general headquarters and supplier for the vast XIT Ranch. The Channing Methodist Church was organized in the fledgling town by the Rev. E. T. Harrison. Records indicate that it was the first Methodist . . . — — Map (db m91793) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m91790) HM
The Matador Land and Cattle Company was owned by a syndicate in Dundee, Scotland. The ranch had two divisions in Texas. One began near Matador, Texas, in 1882 and was known as the Lower Outfit. The Alamositas Division, near Channing, Texas, was . . . — — Map (db m91791) HM
Built in 1898-99 to house the general offices of the 3,000,000-acre XIT Ranch, this building served that purpose until 1912. Five railroad cars of bricks were brought in to construct the house, which features Victorian-era detailing in its . . . — — Map (db m91794) HM