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Capt. John T. Lytle Marker <i>back of marker</i> image, Touch for more information
By Bill Kirchner, June 8, 2017
Capt. John T. Lytle Marker back of marker
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — Capt. John T. Lytle — 1844 – 1907 — Father of the Great Western Trail
This is a two sided marker front In 1874 John t Lytle drove a herd of 3500 longhorn cattle from south Texas to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The trail that he mapped would later be known as The Great Western Cattle Trail, the greatest of . . . — Map (db m104930) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 1234 — Doan's Crossing
A major route for cattle drives known primarily as the Western Trail developed from far South Texas to Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s. About 1876, trail drivers along the route began crossing the Red River near this site. In 1878, Ohio native . . . — Map (db m104928) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 1235 — Doan's Crossing on Red River
By herds on the Western Texas-Kansas Trail, 1876-1895, six million cattle and horses crossed here. "You don't need much monument if the cause is good. It's only these monuments that are for no reason at all that has to be big. Good luck to you . . . — Map (db m104929) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 1361 — Early Wilbarger County
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 . . . — Map (db m96686) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — Napoleon 12 Pounder Bronze Field Gun Model 1857
Napoleon 12 Pounder Bronze Field Gun Model 1857 Bore: 4.62 ". Tube Weight: 1225 lbs. Tube Length: 66" . Maximum Range: 1660 Yards Ordnance Inspector: T.J.R. 1863 (Thomas Jackson Rodman, Union Officer) U.S. Stamped (Tested and . . . — Map (db m97992) HM WM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 4421 — Red River Valley Museum
Features one of Texas' famed regional collections of Indian artifiacts, tracing history of early man along the Red River. Before Chisholm Trail days, when thousands of cattle crossed Red River at nearby Doan's Crossing, Vernon area was home to . . . — Map (db m96815) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 18199 — Thaddeus Edgar Johnson
Lawyer and World War I veteran, T. Edgar Johnson (1889-1972), gathered resources from family and friends to open Johnson-Davis Ford Company in Vernon in 1930 at this location. The business thrived during the Great Depression, becoming a leading . . . — Map (db m104990) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 5323 — The Doans' Adobe Building
Corwin F. Doan (1848-1929) settled here on Red River in 1878; erected this house in 1881. In his early picket store and later, permanent building, he had large stocks of goods to supply the cowboys who annually drove cattle in herds of thousands . . . — Map (db m104931) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — The Great Western Trail
The largest, longest, and lasting the most years, is often called by its Hollywood famous cousin's name, the Chishom Trail. The two trails ran parallel to each other approximately 90 miles apart. The Chisholm Trail did not run through . . . — Map (db m98009) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 3108 — The Lockett Community
Derived its name from the T. J. and J. B. Lockett families who settled here in 1888. On Dec. 24, 1888, Wm. Lockett, their father, died while visiting here and was among the first to be buried in the East View Cemetery. The J. B. Lockett family moved . . . — Map (db m104991) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — The Western Texas – Kansas Trail — 1876 – 1895
In honor of the trail drivers who freed Texas from the yoke of debt and despair by their trails to the cattle markets of the far north; we dedicate this stone, symbol of their courage and fortitude, at the site of the Old Doan's Store, October . . . — Map (db m104927) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 5643 — Vernon Drugstore
Oldest drugstore in county. Founded 1882 in a dugout. First building (1884) housed office of Dr. H. H. Rhoads, co-owner and 40 years county health officer. First newspaper in county, the "Vernon Hornet", had its shop in the store building. Passing . . . — Map (db m104989) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 5669 — W. D. Berry Home
Completed in 1906, this colonial revival residence was constructed for Sterling P. Huff. An attorney, Huff became Justice of the 46th District Court and was later elected to the 7th Court of Civil Appeals. In 1914 local attorney William David Berry . . . — Map (db m104940) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 5702 — Waggoner-Hicks House
Spottswood Lomax, a founder of the noted Matador and Espuela (Spur) ranches of Texas, built a Queen Anne house here in 1890. It was remodeled in the colonial revival style around the turn of the century by the prominent cattleman W. T. "Tom" . . . — Map (db m104939) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — 5809 — Wilbarger County
Formed from Bexar County Created February 1, 1858 Organized October 10, 1881 Named for Josiah and Mathias Wilbarger brothers who came to Texas in 1829 Josiah, scalped by Indians August, 1833, survived 11 years . . . — Map (db m96685) HM
Texas (Wilbarger County), Vernon — Wilbarger County WWI Memorial — Spirit of the American Doughboy — Wilbarger County Remembers
Front Wilbarger County Remembers This memorial is lovingly dedicated December 5, 1926 to her valiant sons 1917 — 1918. We hold them in our grateful hearts with reverence and honor forever. Albert E. Robinson . . . — Map (db m97696) WM

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