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BETHEL, TEXAS (Burnet County). Bethel is on Farm Road 963 eight miles northeast of Burnet in north central Burnet County. A school was established there in 1869. The settlement was closely linked with nearby Sage, which had a post office and a store but used the Bethel school. The school had one teacher and twenty-five students in the mid-1890s; it closed in 1941, when the area was consolidated with the Burnet Independent School District. Several houses, a gin, a store, and a cemetery marked the community on county highway maps in the late 1940s. Bethel had a community center and a few scattered houses in 1990.  As of 2015, a brush arbor was converted to a barn while the schoolhouse became house.  


Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979).

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl
Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "BETHEL, TX (BURNET COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on July 20, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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