Vernon was established about 15 miles north of Doan's Crossing, one of the most famous historic cattle crossings on the Red River. The city is home to Vernon Regional Junior College and the Santa Rosa Palomino Club, which has been legislatively proclaimed Texas' Ambassadors on Horseback. Events include the Santa Rosa Roundup, Doan's May Picnic and Celebrate the Western Trail in May; Summer's Last Blast and Vernon Burnin' Bike Ride in August; Red River BBQ Battle State Championship Cook-Off and Cowboy Mounted Shooting in October; and the Christmas on the Western Trail in December.