Burnt Branch rises five miles west of Cottonwood in southeastern Callahan County (at 32°12' N, 99°17' W) and runs southwest for twelve miles to its mouth on Pecan Bayou, a mile south of the Callahan-Coleman county line (at 32°04' N, 99°20' W). Most of the creekbed traverses oil and range lands. West Caddo Peak (el. 2,090) lies between the branch's upper forks. Settlers first came to the region in the mid-1870s. A Burnt Branch Cemetery, the only remaining evidence of an early community, is near the stream. Burnt Branch crosses an area of rolling hills, surfaced with clay and sandy loams that support mesquite, scrub brush, cacti, and grasses.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Burnt Branch (Callahan County),”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 28, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994