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Nestled along Hamilton Creek in the hills of Central Texas, the city of Burnet began in the mid-1800s as a settlement across the creek from Fort Croghan. Initially called Hamilton, it was a travel crossroads, making it an important trade center. Logan Vandeveer built the first commercial limestone building in 1854, and Peter Kerr, a cattle merchant, later donated 100 acres of land for the county seat. The city was eventually named after David G. Burnet, the first provisional president of the Republic of Texas. Burnet is still the progressive city it has always been, building a strong infrastructure to support its growth, and yet its modern economy continues to be boosted by its past. Every week, the Hill Country Flyer steam train brings hundreds of tourists who enjoy the charming historic district and courthouse square with its shops, cafés, and friendly people.
ISBN: 9780738571218
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 190
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Carole A. Goble is a historian and writer whose ancestors came to Burnet County in 1872. She has served as chairman of the Burnet County Historical Commission and the City of Burnet Historical Board, and she currently serves on the Burnet County Heritage Society Board of Governors. The photographs gathered by Goble in this book were graciously shared by several businesses, organizations, museums, and citizens who care about their hometown history.
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