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
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
Burnet Attractions >
Burnet Hotels >
Park - 18 miles west on Lake Buchanan
Park - Fishing camp. Hwy 29 West, RM2341 North.
CAF Air Museum
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
Inks Lake State
Park - 12 miles west
3630 Park Road 4 West Burnet TX 78611 512/793-2223
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
Take Hwy 29 W to RM 2341 northwest, a scenic route to Spider
Mountain overlooking Lake
Annual Bluebonnet Festival - Second weekend in April
Burnet Chamber of Commerce - 512-756-4297
Photo courtesy Ernie
Wymer, May 2007
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
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
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact