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BURNET, TEXAS

Bluebonnet Capital of Texas

Burnet County Seat, Texas Hill Country

FM 963
Highway 281 and 29
30 miles E of Llano
48 miles NW of Austin
22 miles S of Lampasas
13 miles N of Marble Falls
Population: 6116 (2010) 4,735 (2000)

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Burnet TX - Evening on Square
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

Once named Hamilton after landowner John Hamilton, settlement began around 1849. Fort Croghan's presence provided security to the settlers. With the establishment of the county in 1852 Hamilton was made county seat, but that name was refused when the post office was applied for. Hamilton in Hamilton County had had the name for some time so the town settled instead for the name Burnet Courthouse.

A petition filed in 1857 sought a name shortening to just plain Burnet and the legislature made it law in 1858. In 1882 the Austin and Northwestern Railroad arrived and Burnet thrived as settlers in counties west of Burnet shipped their goods through the Burnet depot.

A narrow-gauge spur was set up in 1885 to bring granite to Burnet for finishing before being installed in Austin for the new Capitol. 31,000 tons of granite were excavated, moved, finished and shipped to Austin.

The railroad built on to Llano in 1892, and Burnet declined as Llano's star rose.

In April 1931 work began 10 miles west on what was originally to be called Hamilton Dam. The contracting corporation failed financially and work stopped until 1934 when the establishment of the Lower Colorado River Authority allowed completion of the renamed Buchanan Dam.


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Burnet, Texas Landmarks

Burnet TX - Clock and City Hall
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX - Burnet County  Courthouse Monument
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet County Courthouse >
Burnet TX - 1884 Burnet County Jail
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
The former Burnet County Jail >
Burnet TX - 1883 Bldg
1883 Building.
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
More Pitted Dates
Burnet TX - Badger Building
Badger Building.
Badger Building Historical Marker

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX- Burnet Bulletin
Burnet Bulletin Building.
Historical Marker

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX - Galloway House
Galloway House.
Historical Marker

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX - 1917 First Electric Plant
1917 Building - First Electric Plant
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX - Masonic Lodge, Oldest commercial building
Masonic Lodge, Oldest commercial building in Burnet.
Marker

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
More Texas Lodges
Burnet TX - Cemetery View
Cemetery.
More Texas Cemeteries
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet TX - Magill Cemetery
Magill Cemetery.
Historical Marker

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Austin & Texas Central Railroad, Burnet Office.
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Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Burnet Texas - Our Mother of Sorrow Catholic Church
Our Mother of Sorrow Catholic Church.
More Texas Churches
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2005
Burnet Texas Attractions
  • Burnet County Courthouse
  • Burnet County Jail
  • Black Rock Park - 18 miles west on Lake Buchanan
  • Burnet County Park - Fishing camp. Hwy 29 West, RM2341 North.
  • Fort Croghan Museum
  • Highland Lakes CAF Air Museum
  • Highland Lakes Golf Course
  • Hill Country Flyer -Two-hour steam train ride through scenic Hill Country to and from Cedar Park City Hall and Burnet.
    Saturdays and Sundays. Fare. 512-477-8468.
  • Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery
  • Inks Lake State Park - 12 miles west
    3630 Park Road 4 West Burnet TX 78611 512/793-2223
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park -
    11 miles SW, US 281 and Park Road 4.
    P.O. Box 732 Burnet, Texas 78611 1-877-441-CAVE 830/598-CAVE

    Scenic Drive
    Take Hwy 29 W to RM 2341 northwest, a scenic route to Spider Mountain overlooking Lake Buchanan

    Annual Event

    Annual Bluebonnet Festival - Second weekend in April

    Burnet Tourist Information
    Burnet Chamber of Commerce - 512-756-4297
    www.burnetchamber.org
  • Wildflowers in Burnet County Texas
    Wildflowers in Burnet County
    Photo courtesy Ernie Wymer, May 2007
    Burnet Chronicles

  • Peaches by Mike Cox
    Most peach trees seldom make it past their first decade of existence. Thatís what made the peach tree outside the old stone structure in Burnet at the site of Fort Croghan so unusual...more
  • Burnet Texas Forum

  • Subject: Waldine Tauch
    I read with interest your article on Waldine Tauch and her father. Thank you for this. However, I would point out that seven Tauch pieces are part of our collection, including the original plasters from which the bronzes were cast for the Texas Ranger, Pippa Passes, Higher Education, and Buckner Group. Tauch had a special relationship with Panhandle-Plains as she also left twelve Pompeo Coppini pieces to PPHM as well. You might add Canyon and Burnet (Buckner Children's Home) to the places one can see her work. Keep up the good work about Texas. - Respectfully, Michael R. Grauer, Curator of Art Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, September 23, 2005
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