Introduction to Vernon, Texas
This region was originally occupied by the Tonkawa Indians. According to records, in the 1850s, the place was referred to as "Eagle Springs" by the natives because of the unusual abundance of nesting eagles. Settlers began arriving after the Civil War. Initially, an application was made to establish a post office by the name of "Eagle Flat." This name was ultimately changed to "Vernon," and the post office was set up in 1880. According to some sources, the community was named after George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. However, other traditions claim that the city was named for Vernon Brown, a traveling whiskey salesman. Vernon was officially incorporated on February 12th, 1889.
Vernon and Nearby Attractions
- Red River Valley Museum
- Fort Belknap
- Museum of the Western Prarie
- Copper Breaks State Park
Things To Do In Vernon
Red River Valley Museum, which is situated in the city of Vernon, houses artifacts that reflect the historical and cultural background of the area. Harmon County Historical Museum, and the Museum of the Western Prarie also showcase exhibits of historical significance. Copper Breaks State Park, spread across an area of 1,898 acres, features amenities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Fort Belknap is a historic site in the region. This fort was established after the Mexican War, in 1851, and served as the anchor of a chain of forts. The city of Vernon also organizes the Santa Rosa Parade in May every year.
Air transportation is available from Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport.
Vernon Higher Education
The city of Vernon is home to Vernon College. Other colleges nearby include the Western Oklahoma State College, Cameron University, and Midwestern State University.