Burnet (/ˈbɜrnɨt/ bur-nit) is a city in and the county seat of Burnet County,Texas, United States. The population was 5,987 at the 2010 census.
Both the city and the county were named for David Gouverneur Burnet, the first (provisional) president of the Republic of Texas. He also served as Vice President during the administration of Mirabeau B. Lamar.
Clock at Burnet County Courthouse
|Nickname(s): Bluebonnet Capital of Texas|
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Location of Burnet within Burnet County, Texas
In December 1847, a company of the Texas Ranger Division commanded byHenry E. McCulloch established a station at the site of present-day Burnet for the protection of frontier settlers from Indian raids. In March 1849, the station was chosen as a federal fort and named Fort Croghan.
A town was founded next to Fort Croghan in 1852, when Burnet County was established. The town was originally named Hamilton after John Hamilton, who owned a league and labor of land nearby. In August 1852 a post office was established in Hamilton and named Burnet Courthouse. In 1857 thirty-five residents of the town petitioned the state legislature to change the name of the town to Burnet since there was another town in Texas namedHamilton. The name was changed in 1858. Major growth occurred with the arrival of the Austin and Northwestern Railroad in April 1882, when Burnet became the railhead for the area to the west. After the railroad was extended to Llano in 1892, Burnet declined as a supply point and became a farming and livestock center. The City of Burnet was incorporated in 1933.
Major employers in Burnet include the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (285 employees), Burnet Countygovernment (140), Seton Highland Lakes Hospital (120), Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice substance abuse facility (120), City of Burnet government (120), A.T.M.I. [manufacturer of materials for semiconductor and flat panel industry] (100), H.E.B. grocery store (100), Sure Cast (92), Hoover Companies (90), Southwestern Graphite Co. (45), Bilbrough Marble Co. (25), Lone Star Industries (25), and Dash Covers, Inc. (25).
Burnet is served by Burnet Consolidated Independent School District and home to the Burnet High School Bulldogs.
Located outside of Burnet is a summer camp called Camp Longhorn that has two branches (Inks Lake and Indian Springs).
Attractions in the Burnet area include the Highland Lakes, Longhorn Cavern, Inks Lake State Park, the Historic Burnet Square, the Highland Lakes Air Museum, Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds, the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, Hamilton Creek Park, Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, Delaware Springs Golf Course, and the Austin Steam Train Association's Hill Country Flyer.
The Historic Square features buildings from as early as the 1880s and offers a variety of unique shops and eateries.