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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

Heritage Museum

Housed in restored QA&P Railroad depot. Features farming and ranching artifacts dating to previous century; large collection ...

Yoakum County Park

A party house and RV campsites are available for a small rental fee. The park also features an 18-hole golf course. Six miles...

Dot's Mini Museum

On the old Ozark Trail and Route 66, Dot shares her amazing and eclectic collections gathered from a lifetime of working on t...

Don Harrington Discovery Center

In a 51-acre park with lake and picnic area, this center offers a variety of attractions. The center hosts a diverse collecti...

Ralls Historical Museum

Exhibits include Indian artifacts, history of early railroads in area, and 19 period room settings - kitchen, bedroom, doctor...