Channing, Texas

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Channing is a city in Hartley County, Texas, in the United States.It is the county seat of Hartley County[3]. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 356. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 327.[4]



Channing is located at 35°41′1″N 102°19′55″W / 35.68361°N 102.33194°W / 35.68361; -102.33194 (35.683612, -102.331817)[5]. It is situated at the junction of U.S. Highway 385, State Highway 354, and FM 767 in southeastern Hartley County, approximately 30 miles south of Dalhart.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3  square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


Channing was founded in 1888 by George Channing Rivers, a paymaster for the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway.[7] The settlement was originally called Rivers. Since the name Rivers duplicated another community in Texas, the name was changed to Channing later that year.[8] Channing developed directly from its association with the XIT Ranch, a property that once included land in as many as ten counties in the Texas Panhandle. In 1891, Willis D. Twitchell platted Channing's business district. At that time, Channing was the headquarters of the XIT.[9] Albert Boyce, the ranch's general manager and one of the most prominent early citizens, built the first house in the community. By 1900, Channing had two stores, a post office, lumber yard, and school.[7] Two elections, one in November 1896 and the other in 1903, were required for Channing to replace Hartley as county seat.[6][8] The frame courthouse was pulled to Channing on wheels by mounted XIT cowboys in 1903. A brick courthouse was completed in 1906 and the original courthouse was converted into a hotel.[9] One of the first public libraries in the Panhandle was established in 1908 by a local women's club.

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