Preservation: The Fort that Wouldn’t Die

Back at the Ranch


In the 1890s, the XIT Ranch of Texas was the largest fenced cattle operation in the country. Some 150,000 animals roamed across parts of 10 counties in the Panhandle—roughly three million acres. Now all that’s left of the XIT is the 1899 headquarters building in Channing, restored in the 1980s.

Owner Lenny Sadler had plans to move it, piece by piece, to the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. But he’s given the nonprofit XIT General Office Association the chance to buy it and keep it in Channing. Price tag: $100,000.

So far, the group has raised $50,000. The catch is the owner wants a $2 million endowment to maintain the place in the future. The original deadline for raising that amount has passed (Sept.22), and a new date has not been set.


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