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MOUNT VERNON, TEXAS

Franklin County Seat, East Texas

33 10' 55" N, 95 13' 27" W (33.181944, -95.224167)
I-30, 102 miles E of Dallas
16 miles W of Mount Pleasant
Population: 2,723 Est. (2016)
2,662 (2010) 2,286 (2000) 2,219 (1990)

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Originally named Lone Star, for some reason the name was changed in honor of Washington's estate. The county was named after Benjamin Cromwell Franklin, the first Judge in the Republic of Texas.

History

"Mt. Vernon was established in 1849 on land donated by Stephen and Rebecca Keith, and a public square was surveyed in the 24-acre plat. When Franklin County was created in 1875, Mt. vernon was voted county seat, and a wooden building northeast of the square was used as the first courthouse...." more
(From Franklin County Courthouse Historical Marker)

Mount Vernon, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Restored 1912 Franklin County Courthouse, Mount Vernon, Texas
Photo courtesy William Deneke, September 2014
Franklin County Courthouse >
Former Franklin County jail, Mount Vernon, Texas
Former Franklin County jail, now the Old Jail Arts Center
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2002

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Henry Clay Thurston House, Mount Vernon, Texas

Photo courtesy Lori Martin, November 2005

"Bankhead Highway Visitor Center
in the 1868 Henry Clay Thruston House.
Henry Clay Thruston was the tallest man in the Confederate Army."


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  • The Franklin County Museum is at 111 South South Kaufman, next to the Chamber and in the former City Hall.

  • The Majors-Parchman Farmstead at the corner of Kaufman and Tolbert will give you an idea of a working farm circa 1883.
    Phone: 903-537-4760.

  • The historic downtown district includes a gazebo and town square where one can shop and eat at places that has been in business since the turn of the century. The public library is located in a restored turn-of-the-century bank.


    Events

  • Events includes the Countryfest held the second Saturday in October.
  • Mount Vernon Texas Historic Church
    Mount Vernon Historic Church
    Photo courtesy Lori Martin, Novembert 2005

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    Mount Vernon Texas Depot and Water Tower
    The 1894 Mount Vernon Depot and Water Tower
    Photo courtesy Lori Martin

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    Mt Vernon TX Joy Theater
    Joy Theater
    "Remodeled in the 1950's. Burned down in 1970's."
    - William Deneke
    Photo courtesy William Deneke

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    Mount Vernon Recreation

  • Lake Cypress Springs - 10 miles south on FM115 and FM21, offers fishing, water sports, camping and golf.
  • The lake is surrounded by public parks: Dogwood Park, Walleye Park, Overlook Park, Mary King Park, and W. D. Guthrie Park. The Cypress Creek Country Club offers a 9-hole golf course and a restaurant.

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    Mount Vernon Tourist Information
    Franklin County Chamber of Commerce - 903-537-4365.
    109 South Kaufman Street, Mount Vernon, TX 75457.
    A historic homes driving tour is available at the chamber.

  • People:

  • Tallest Rebel by Mike Cox
    The first time the Yankees soldiers saw Henry Clay Thruston charging toward them through the clouds of black powder smoke they must have rubbed their eyes in disbelief. This gray-clad Johnny Reb towered over the other fighting men like a pine tree growing next to a bush... more

  • Mt. Vernon, home of the tallest Civil War soldier (7'11", we have pictures!) His dogtrot style home is still standing and is currently under renovation - just received a state grant to turn it into a Visitor's Center. We have a wealth of refurbished Historic properties.
    GREAT SITE!!! - T Wims 9/18/2000

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    Mount Vernon, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Dallas | Mount Pleasant
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