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Pershing County

See the page on Seven Troughs for more details on the area. Vernon was another town that sprung up in the early 20th century as part of the boom and rush to the Seven Troughs Mining District. In its early days, water in the area was hauled out of Seven Troughs Canyon. It was not only expensive, but not very clean. In 1907, the Vernon Water, Light and Power Co. begin operating here. Vernon was located approximately 2 1/2 miles from Mazuma and a little over 4 miles from Seven Troughs. Vernon was more of a commercial center for the district, rather a center for mining activity. Again, please see the Seven Troughs page for further details. Vernon was also home to a bank, multiple newspapers, the miner's union hall, a doctor, hotel, restaurants and even a stock exchange. The centralized jail for the district was located at Vernon. It was made of native rock and concrete. Vernon was already in decline by 1910. By 1918 the post office was closed. The collapsed remains of this jail building are all that's left of Vernon. I've read that when Tunnel Camp sprang up in the 1920's, all of the remaining buildings at Vernon were moved there.

I also added a re-creation photo in the section below.

Post Office: October 31, 1906 to July 31, 1918.

Last Trip/ Road Conditions: May 2021. The road to Vernon was good. If you go beyond Vernon into the hills towards Porter Spring, the road stayed good. But it was really hard to find a spot to turn around when we needed to head back.

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