Burkett, TX


By: William R. Hunt

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994


Burkett, on State Highway 206 in northeastern Coleman County, was named in 1886 for its first postmaster, William Burkett. The original name, Pleasant Valley, was rejected by the post office. The first settlers were cowboys of the McClennan ranch, who secured land in the area and established a community around the store H. H. Sackett had moved from Camp Colorado. The town progressed as a trading center for several decades. In 1940 it had three churches, a school, five businesses, and 200 residents. Subsequently, the region's rural population declined sharply. The high school closed in 1957 after consolidation with schools in Coleman and Cross Plains. By the 1980s Burkett had a post office, three churches, a community center, a gas station-grocery, and a well-kept cemetery. Farming, ranching, and oil products sustain the community. In 1980, 1990, and 2000 the population was thirty.

Kathleen E. and Clifton R. St. Clair, eds., Little Towns of Texas (Jacksonville, Texas: Jayroe Graphic Arts, 1982).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

William R. Hunt, “Burkett, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/burkett-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
November 1, 1994

Place
Burkett
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1331677
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Coleman County
Associated Names

Pleasant Valley

Washington

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 31.99597590°
  • Longitude: -99.22561800°
Population Counts
People Year
90 2014