First called Eagle Flats because of eagles nesting nearby. Post Office changed
name to Vernon for George Washington's home, Mount Vernon. Seat of Wilbarger County,
headquarters of huge W.T. Waggoner Ranch, and commercial center for rich farming,
ranching, and oil business. About 15 miles north is Doan's Crossing, one of the most
famous of historic cattle crossings on the Red River. Industries include agriculture
supplies and processing, seed breeding, textiles, meat packing, cottonseed, and alfalfa
Home of Vernon College.
Red River Valley Museum -
Exhibits include William A. Bond big game hunter collection, archeological exhibit,
Indian artifacts, Waggoner Ranch history exhibit, including work of sculptor Electra
Waggoner Biggs. Currently compiling history of Waggoner Ranch dealing with the
history of ranching, farming and the oil industry in Wilbarger County. Also of
special interest is Jack Teagarden exhibit containing memorabilia of great jazz trombonist
who was born and reared in Vernon.
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. 4400College Drive.