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    WILBARGER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Vernon

    Wilbarger County has had three courthouses:
    1883, 1890 and the present 1928 building.

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    1928 Wilbarger County Courthouse in the morning, Vernon , Texas,
    The southeast corner of the courthouse in the early morning light.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006

    The Present Wilbarger County Courthouse -
    Vernon

    Date - 1928
    Architect - Voelcker and Dixon
    Style - Classical Revival


    Photographer's Note:
    "The 1928 Wilbarger County courthouse was one the earliest Texas courthouses designed by the architectural firm of Voelcker and Dixon, whose designs would soon be influenced by the Art-Deco/Art-Moderne style architecture of the 1930s which became prevalent in their later courthouses.

    From what I could tell during my brief visit in 2006, much of this building has been spared from the modern renovations that many courthouses have endured over the years." - Terry Jeanson

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    1928 Wilbarger County Courthouse, Vernon , Texas, 1939
    The 1928 Wilbarger County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
    Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Wilbarger County Courthouse close up view, Vernon , Texas
    Wilbarger County courthouse south entrance
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
    Wilbarger County Courthouse foyer , Vernon , Texas
    Courthouse foyer looking north
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
    1928 Wilbarger County Courthouse district courtroom, Vernon , Texas
    The handsome district courtroom, complete with wooden wainscoting and decorated ceiling. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
    1928 Wilbarger County Courthouse, Vernon , Texas
    The southwest corner of the 1928 Wilbarger County courthouse.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006

    The 1890 Wilbarger County Courthouse -
    Vernon

    The former 1890 Wilbarger County courthouse was designed by architect James Edward Flanders who designed many Second Empire style courthouses in Texas in the late 1800s. The one he designed for Shackelford County is the only one that remains standing. - Terry Jeanson
    1890 Wilbarger County Courthouse,  Vernon, Texas 1923  postcard
    The 1890 Wilbarger County Courthouse
    1923 postcard courtesy THC
    Oil painting of 1890 Wilbarger County courthouse, Vernon Texas
    Oil painting of the 1890 Wilbarger County courthouse hanging on the wall in the front lobby of the current courthouse. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
    Wilbarger County Historical Marker
    Vernon Tx - Wilbarger County  Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Historical Marker Text

    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 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.
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