Burkburnett is close to the Red River at the intersection of Interstate Highway 44 and State Highway 240, ten miles north of Wichita Falls in north central Wichita County. The first settler in the area was North Texas pioneer Mabel Gilbert, who settled there in 1856. Just to the west in 1879 J. G. Hardin and J. P. Hawkins founded a small community, commonly known as Nesterville to cowboys from Samuel Burk Burnett's nearby Four Sixes Ranch. By June 1880 the town had a small store and a reported population of 132. In 1882 the local post office was named Gilbert after Mabel Gilbert; it operated until 1903.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
11,223 2019 Texas Demographic Center
10,811 2010 Texas Demographic Center
10,927 2000 Texas Demographic Center
10,145 1990 Texas Demographic Center
10,668 1980 Texas Demographic Center
9,230 1970 Texas Demographic Center
7,621 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,555 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,814 1940 Texas Demographic Center
3,281 1930 Texas Demographic Center
5,300 1920 Texas Demographic Center