Nestled at the edge
of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles
northwest of Austin, amidst the beautiful
Highland Lakes, is the historic
community of Burnet. Established first as a fort
on the Texas frontier in the mid-1800's, Burnet has
maintained its pioneer roots and rural charm while
adapting to the modern age. This town boasts a
population of only 5,035 (1999), but has huge historical
Hamilton, its name was later changed to honor David G.
Burnet who served as the first provisional president of
the Republic of Texas. Known for Fort Croghan,
bluebonnets, and western heritage, Burnet has made its
contribution to U.S. history as well. A block of marble
which was taken from the Samuel E. Holland holdings
(about 3 miles from Burnet) was once taken to Austin,
then shipped to Washington, D.C. to become part of the
While the army kept
things safe until 1855, violence and criminal activity
controlled Burnet County in the 1860's and 70's. Once
needing protection from Indians, settlers armed
themselves against cattle thieves during this time.
Burnet survived and matured into a place that is rich in
heritage and Texas culture.
town square offers visitors a unique
experience. Gift, antique, and collectible shops
surround the square. There are several cafes and
full-service restaurants on or within easy walking
distance of the square. Burnet's proximity to so
many sights make it the ideal hub for the region.
The City of Burnet,
the county seat of Burnet County, is a hub of industry,
commerce, and trade in the Highland Lakes area. Its
modern schools, hospital, airport, and retail centers
provide all the essentials for today's society, while
the scenic countryside and inviting parklands present a
myriad of opportunities for those who want to get away
from it all.
Throughout the year,
the City of Burnet offers a vast array of
activities for all ages.
From the spring splash of bluebonnets and wildflowers to
the fall festival of arts on the Arts and Crafts Trail,
from the winter wonderland of the spectacular Christmas
musical light display to the summer frontier shoot-outs
and vintage steam train tours, Burnet is alive with
sights and sounds that make it one of the Hill Country's
most popular destination spots in the state of Texas.
City of Burnet
Mountain Reserve has a better point of view.
now, it’s a place you can call home.