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