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WILBARGER COUNTY, TEXAS

34 4' 48" N, 99 14' 24" W (34.08, -99.24)
Population: 13,535 (2010)
Total area: 978 square miles (2,530 km2)
971 square miles (2,510 km2) land
7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) water

Wilbarger County Topics

  • History
  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Wilbarger County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Tillman County, Oklahoma (N) Wichita County (E) Baylor County (S) Foard County (W) Hardeman County (W) Jackson County, Oklahoma (NW)

    Wilbarger County History

    Historical Marker:

    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.

    Wilbarger County Courthouse
    Wilbarger County Courthouse TX
    Wilbarger County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Wilbarger County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Vernon
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    Vernon Hotels
  • Doan's Crossing ghost town
  • Fargo
  • Grayback
  • Harrold
  • Odell ghost town
  • Oklaunion
  • Ronda ghost town
  • Tolbert ghost town
  • Vernon County Seat

  • Wilbarger County Vintage Maps
    TX Wilbarger County 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Wilbarger County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Wilbarger County 1920s Map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Wilbarger County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Wilbarger County 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Wilbarger County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Wilbarger County Texas Historical Marker
    Vernon Tx - Wilbarger County  Historical Marker
    Wilbarger County Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

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