We should have bought tickets to see “Call of the Wild” while we were in Vernon the other night. I gave it little thought for we were exhausted from driving and geocaching all day. The Vernon Plaza Theater, located across the street on the East side of the Wilbarger courthouse, has been showing movies for over 60 years. This theater was, according to reports, the first in Texas to show 3-D movies. Classic movies, first-run digital films, and indie films come to this screen. From the outside it appears well cared for.
I’ve driven many times through Vernon on my way to or from the West but never stopped except at Walmart conveniently located right off the 287 and the beginning of College Drive to pick up some snacks or a pen. I had no idea what was here but I knew the town had been growing over the years and not in decline as many other rural towns are now. The first thing we looked for when exploring Vernon was the courthouse. It’s either that or the Methodist Church. For Vernon it is First Baptist Church. Those are usually the most grandest buildings in small towns. We then move onward block to block finding interesting structures, signs, landscapes, and people.