I love the Xit. But. Is it- pronounced “zhit,” in the Mesoamerican way – or perhaps Ex-it, as in Freeway? Or maybe “Echs – Eye – Tee,” as in the initials of a famous local ranch, once the world's largest at 3 million acres? Your choice. Remember: this is Texas. "World's largest" is a potent clue.

This curiously signaged motel was run by Gaitha and Ed Needham in Dalhart. Got it? Gaitha ran the Xit in Dalhart. That would have made no sense to you just a mere minute ago.

It’s still there. And Dalhart still calls itself the XIT City; they have an annual rodeo with the world's largest free BBQ. Population, 7, 237. Saaalll-ute!