Burnet, Texas

Burnet, Texas

View of the City Hall in Burnet, the seat of Burnet County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Burnet, the county seat of Burnet County, is one mile west of the divide between the Brazos and Colorado river watersheds near the center of the county, forty-eight miles northwest of Austin. In 1849 people on the frontier sought protection from the Indians at nearby Fort Croghan. The area was commonly called Hamilton or Hamilton Valley for John Hamilton, who had a league and labor of land there. A creek flowing through the league was also named for him. The town was founded as Hamilton in 1852, when Burnet County was established. In August of that year a post office in Hamilton was 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 named Hamilton. The name was changed in 1858. Citizens first voted to incorporate in 1876. A second election was held in 1883 and resulted in the official incorporation of Burnet in October of that year.

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
6,436 2020 United States Census Bureau
6,881 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,987 2010 United States Census Bureau
4,735 2000 United States Census Bureau
3,423 1990 United States Census Bureau
3,410 1980 United States Census Bureau
2,864 1970 United States Census Bureau
2,214 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,394 1950 United States Census Bureau
1,945 1940 United States Census Bureau
1,055 1930 United States Census Bureau
966 1920 United States Census Bureau
981 1910 United States Census Bureau
1,003 1900 United States Census Bureau
1,454 1890 United States Census Bureau