BURNELL, TEXAS. Burnell, on Farm Road 743 east of U.S. Highway 181 in extreme southern Karnes County, was a rural community that developed for cotton farming in the early 1900s. The settlement was named for Burnell Butler, a pioneer of Karnes County, and had a school, a cotton gin, and several businesses. The discovery of the Burnell oil and gas field resulted in the construction of a gas plant in the 1960s. In 1990 everything was gone except the name.
Robert H. Thonhoff, History of Karnes County (M.A. thesis, Southwest Texas State College, 1963).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Robert H. Thonhoff, "BURNELL, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvbyp), accessed December 19, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.