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Vernon in Wilbarger County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Early Wilbarger County

 
 
Early Wilbarger County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 22, 2016
1. Early Wilbarger County Marker
Inscription.  Organized 1858 and named in honor of Mathias and Josiah P. Wilbarger, early Texas settlers.
Josiah, a surveyor, had become famous as the man who lived 12 years after being scalped by Comanches, 1833, near Austin. He had saved his life by putting a wool sock on his head; he was rescued next day by neighbors.
An adobe house built 1878 by Jonathan and C. F. Doan, the first Wilbarger County settlers, marks the Red River crossing of the famous Western Cattle Trail.
Vernon (formerly Eagle Flat) became county seat in 1881. The first railroad reached town, 1886.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1361.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 34° 9.179′ N, 99° 17.053′ W. Marker is in Vernon, Texas, in Wilbarger County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 183) and Wilbarger Street, on the right when traveling north
Marker in front of County Courthouse and Confederate & WWI statues. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 22, 2016
2. Marker in front of County Courthouse and Confederate & WWI statues.
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on Main Street. Located on the Wilbarger County Courthouse lawn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 Wilbarger Street, Vernon TX 76384, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Napoleon 12 Pounder Bronze Field Gun Model 1857 (here, next to this marker); Wilbarger County WWI Memorial (here, next to this marker); Vernon Texas Confederate Monument (here, next to this marker); Thaddeus Edgar Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. D. Berry Home (approx. half a mile away); Waggoner-Hicks House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wilbarger County (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Great Western Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vernon.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Wilbarger County. (Submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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