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Vernon, Texas

Vernon was established in 1881 with an initial name of Eagle Flats, Vernon is the county seat for Wilbarger County which borders the Red River. Wilbarger County was named for Josiah Wilbarger, a man famous both for being an early surveyor and as one of very few men to survive being scalped. Vernon is home to the headquarters of the huge W. T. Waggoner Ranch, and is the commercial center for rich farming, ranching, and oil with industries involved in agricultural supplies and processing, seed propagation, textiles, meat packing, cottonseed, and alfalfa milling.

About 15 miles north is Doan's Crossing, one of the most famous of historic cattle crossings on the Red River. Vernon is home of Vernon Regional Junior College and the Santa Rosa Palomino Club, a precision equestrian riding club which has been proclaimed by the Texas Legislature as Texas' Ambassadors on Horseback.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Red River Valley Museum

Exhibits include more than 140 mounts in the William A. Bond Game Trophy Room; archaeological exhibit, and Indian artifacts in the Berry Room; a history of ranching in North Texas in the Waggoner Room, including work of sculptor Electra Waggoner Biggs. Of special interest is a 10-foot by 20

Vernon, TX Museums

Hillcrest Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1

Vernon, TX Golf Courses

Things to do near Vernon, TX

Abraham Family Art Gallery

One of the first art centers in the Southwest is in the Learning Resources Center on the Wayland Baptist University Campus. R...

Millers Creek Fishing

The predominant fish species in the lake are Largemouth Bass, White and Hybrid Striped Bass, White Crappie, Channel, Blue and...

Presbyterian Building

Former Presbyterian church was built in 1911 and is marked by a state historical marker. It was designed after St. Peter's Ca...

Felty Outdoor Oil Museum

Early oil field equipment from height of oil boom includes spudders used for drilling and cleaning out wells, a steel beam pu...

Amarillo Museum of Art

This visual arts museum features a broad range of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and textiles from 20th-century a...