Mount Vernon is a community that has learned to change with the times while remaining true to and embracing its past. Mount Vernon was platted in 1849 and grew into a bustling town upon the arrival of the railroad in 1887. As the commercial and shipping center for area farmers, Mount Vernon’s downtown, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built up around the town plaza and county courthouse. Brick buildings replaced wood frame construction The Galt Livery transitioned into Fred Hogan’s Garage, the downtown lumber yard buildings transformed into a café and dance hall, and the Teague family switched from blacksmithing to the car dealership business. As you drive the Bankhead west along Main Street, take note of the many homes built in the early 1900s, and stop in at the Fire Station Museum to explore historic Mount Vernon.
Gulf Station, 201 Holbrook St. (private property)
You’ll find several of these 1920s brick Gulf Stations along the Bankhead. This well-preserved gem still boasts its pressed tin canopy ceiling, its globe light fixtures, and original doors and windows.
Listen to Road Trip!
A songwriting competition among friends – with talent! Jim Cleveland and son John Cleveland of Mount Vernon, along with good friend Jeff Prince of Fort Worth decided the Bankhead Highway needed to be honored in song. The three talented musicians, singers and songwriters approached the task as a friendly competition, selecting Jeff Prince’s arrangement as the winner. “Road Trip” will have all Bankhead travelers singing to the same tune!
Franklin County Chamber
109 S. Kaufman
Mount Vernon’s Cultural Attractions