Vernon, Texas is the county seat of Wilbarger County and has a population of about 11,000 people. Shortly after the Civil War, Vernon experienced a population surge as more and more people migrated to Texas and the Red River area of north Texas. By 1880, the town was large enough to apply for a post office. At the time of the application, Vernon was known as Eagle Flat, but the post office turned down that name saying that there were too many towns in Texas utilizing the name “Eagle.” So the citizens decided to use the name “Vernon” in honor of President George Washington’s home in Virginia, Mount Vernon.
While Vernon may seem like just another small town along the Red River, a deeper look at the city will reveal a town with a rich heritage and interesting happenings. The Red River Valley Museum features exhibits about the local history and features photographs and memorabilia from celebrities born in the city such as Roy Orbison and Jack Teagarden. Vernon also showcases a lavish Christmas parade every December and is home of the Santa Rosa Roundup Parade and Rodeo that occurs every May.