Just a few miles south of the town of Vernon off of Hwy 283 lies an unmistakable landmark in north Texas - the Santa Rosa. Constructed in 1945-1946 by the late E. Paul Waggoner, these grand facilities were built first class all the way, no expenses spared. Situated in the middle of the 90+ acre tract is an outdoor lighted rodeo arena with grandstands Mr. Waggoner brought in from the Arlington Downs Race Track.
It is here that Mr. Waggoner founded the Santa Rosa Roundup, a four-day event that still continues to this day. Or at least through May of 2015.
, Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo Association has been given the opportunity to purchase the historic grounds.
Operation Save Santa Rosa is underway. Anyone wishing to contribute can make your donation here or at the Waggoner National Bank. An account has been set up for this purpose. All donations would be appreciated and will be tax deductible. Our goal is to raise $350,000.00 to purchase the property and/or promote The Santa Rosa Roundup through the Santa Rosa Palomino Club. Santa Rosa Roundup YOU can be instrumental in SAVING our history and E. Paul Waggoners Legacy!