Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood metropolitan area
Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood is a metropolitan statistical area in Central Texas that covers three counties: Bell and Lampasas. As of the 2015, the MSA had a population of 450,051. In a reference to the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas, locals sometimes refer to this area as the Centroplex. Bell Coryell Lampasas Killeen Temple Fort Hood Copperas Cove Harker Heights Belton Gatesville As of the census of 2000, there were 330,714 people, 112,111 households, 82,648 families residing within the MSA; the racial makeup of the MSA was 65.09% White, 19.81% African American, 0.76% Native American, 2.28% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 7.91% from other races, 3.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.66% of the population. The median income for a household in the MSA was $36,349 and the median income for a family was $40,386. Males had a median income of $27,529 versus $21,396 for females; the per capita income for the MSA was $16,271. List of cities in Texas Texas census statistical areas List of Texas metropolitan areas Texas Triangle
Fort Hood is a U. S. military post located in Texas. The post is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, best known for commanding the Texas Brigade during the American Civil War, it is located halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles from each, within the U. S. state of Texas. Fort Hood is an installation of the United States Army, its origin was the need for wide-open space to train with World War II tank destroyers. The War Department announced the location in January 1942, the initial completion was set for that August; as constructed, Fort Hood had an area of 158,706 acres, with billeting for 6,007 officers and 82,610 enlisted personnel. The main cantonment of Fort Hood had a total population of 53,416 as of the 2010 U. S. Census. Fort Hood is the most populous U. S. military installation in the world. The main business area is in Bell County, with the training countryside area of the post in Coryell County. In April 2014, the Fort Hood website lists 45,414 assigned soldiers and 8,900 civilian employees with Fort Hood covering 214,000 acres, making it one of the largest military bases in the world by area.
During World War II, tank destroyers were developed to counter German mobile armored units. These were mobile anti-tank guns on specially developed tanks. Wide-open space was needed for the tank destroyer testing and training, which Texas had in abundance. Andrew Davis Bruce was assigned to organize a new Tank Destroyer Tactical and Firing Center, he chose Killeen, Texas for the new camp; the War Department announced the selection on 15 January 1942. An initial acquisition of 180,000 acres was made, it was estimated that the camp would cost $22.8 million for the land and development of utilities. The date of completion was set for 15 August 1942. About 300 families had to move from their homes to make room for the camp area and the communities of Clear Creek and Antelope were demolished to facilitate construction of the base; the old Sugar Loaf community called the "Cradle of Killeen," provided the city with many of its first citizens in 1882. All that remains of the community is the mountain from which it took its name, located in the Fort Hood area.
To lessen the burden of moving, the Army agreed to allow land to be used for grazing for a nominal grazing fee. This grazing arrangement still continues today. In mid-August the camp was occupied and the official opening took place on 18 September 1942. Camp Hood was named for the Confederate General John Bell Hood, who gained recognition during the Civil War as the commander of Hood's Texas Brigade; the original facilities provided training sites for nearly 38,000 troops. In January 1943, an additional 16,000 acres in Bell County and 34,943 acres in Coryell County near Gatesville, Texas were purchased; the site near Gatesville was known as the sub-camp and as North Camp Hood. During the war years, North Camp Hood housed nearly 40,000 troops and 4,000 prisoners of war, was the site for the southern branch of the United States Disciplinary Barracks. At the end of 1942, there were about 45,000 troops living and training at Camp Hood and in late June 1943 it peaked at 95,000 troops, maintained until early 1944.
In 1944, the number of tank destroyer battalions in training at Camp Hood declined rapidly. Field artillery battalions and the Infantry Replacement Training Center replaced them in March 1944. By September, the Infantry Center was the largest activity on post with 31,545 troops; the total camp population on the last day of 1944 was 50,228. During the last year of World War II Camp Hood's mission shifted and its population drastically decreased; as the war came to an end, troop training slowed and the priorities were equipment reclamation and demobilization. A separation center was established in September 1945, as the year ended, post strength had fallen to 1,807 prisoners and about 11,000 troops; the Infantry Replacement Center was shut down on January 7, 1946, the orders being signed by the Adjutant General, Major John O’Keefe and the Assistant Adjutant General, 1st. Lt. Donald Prell. In mid-1954, III Corps moved from California to Fort Hood; the Corps supervised the training of combat units at Fort Hood and other Fourth Army stations from 1954 to 1959 when III Corps was inactivated.
The most famous trainee to come through Fort Hood was Elvis Presley, arriving on 28 March 1958. Other than receiving record amounts of mail, he was treated like all other trainees. On 19 September, Presley shipped out for Germany. During this period, the 4th Armored Division was reactivated and deployed to Germany as part of the "Gyroscope" concept of unit movement. In 1958, the 4th Infantry Division was selected to be the sole infantry component in the Strategic Army Corps and assigned the mission to suppress aggression wherever American interests were threatened. In September 1961, Fort Hood again became the home for the III Corps, in February 1962, III Corps was assigned as part of the U. S. Army Strategic Army Corps. On 15 June 1963 Killeen Base was turned over to the Army. In October 1969, Killeen Base was designated as West Fort Hood and the airfield's name was designated as Robert Gray Army Airfield; the base was named after a Killeen native, a pilot of a B-25 bomber on the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942.
He was killed in World War II flying combat missions. With the redesignation came a change in mission at West Fort Hood. Nuclear weapons were removed. During the late 1960s Fort Hood trained and deployed a number of units and individuals for duty in Vietnam; as the United States ended its role i
Temple is a city in Bell County, United States. As of 2016, the city has a population of 73,600 according to a US census estimate. Located near the county seat of Belton, Temple lies in the region referred to as Central Texas and is a principal city in the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area, which as of 2015 had a population of 450,051. Located off Interstate 35, Temple is 34 miles south of Waco. Temple has developed as a small city with a number of arts and retail amenities not associated with a smaller community; the primary economic drivers are the extensive medical community and goods distribution based on its central location between the Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston metropolitan areas, proximity to larger neighbors Austin and Waco. Temple was founded as a railroad town in 1881 by the Gulf and Santa Fe Railroad, it was incorporated in 1882. The town was named after Bernard Moore Temple. Temple was a civil engineer and former surveyor with the Gulf and Santa Fe Railway Company.
In 1882, the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad built through the town, soon after, the Santa Fe railroad made Temple a division point. In its early years, Temple was a town of shacks and tents with a large number of saloons and tough characters found in the early West. Locally, it was nicknamed "Tanglefoot", because some residents found that the combination of muddy streets and liquor made walking through the town challenging. After the town was incorporated in 1882, two private schools were founded in the city. In 1893, the annual Temple Stag Party began, growing out of a private Thanksgiving celebration attended by the town's leading men, it was held until 1923. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, on the second floor of the Santa Fe Railroad station at 315 West Avenue B, commemorates the significance of railroads for the city. Temple is located northeast of the center of Bell County at 31°6′30″N 97°23′21″W, it is the second-largest city in Bell County. It is bordered on the opposite side of the Leon River, by Belton, the county seat.
Temple is situated within a short drive of most of the major cities of Texas: 124 mi north to Fort Worth, 130 mi north-northeast to Dallas, 65 mi southwest to Austin, 147 mi southwest to San Antonio, 168 mi southeast to Houston. The city is located right on Interstate 35 running alongside the Balcones Fault with mixed geography. Towards the east lies the Blackland Prairie region, towards the west, the terrain rises with low, limestone-layered hills at the northeastern tip of the Texas Hill Country. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 74.9 square miles, of which, 70.1 square miles are land and 4.8 square miles are covered by water. As of the 2010 census, 66,102 people, 23,359 households, 15,878 families resided in the city; the population density was 834.2 people per square mile. The 28,005 housing units averaged 359.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 68.1% White, 23.7% Hispanic or Latino, 16.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.3% from two or more races.
Of the 23,359 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.0% were not families. About 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, 10.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.29. In the city, the population was distributed as 24.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $47,240 and for a family was $42,795. Males had a median income of $30,858 versus $22,113 for females; the per capita income for the city was $25,740. About 10.8% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
Temple has a homeless population of 1.9% on average. Assistance to the homeless is provided by the Salvation Army. Over 100 years ago, the local economy began with the regional Santa Fe Railroad hospital. Temple now thrives in a complex economy, with both goods distribution and its reputation as a regional medical center leading the way. Baylor Scott & White Health is the largest employer in the area with about 12,000 employees, most located at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple. Temple is home to many regional distribution centers and is headquarters to two large, multinational companies, Wilsonart International and McLane Company, as well as parent McLane Group. In addition to some manufacturing a developing customer service/ call center industry exists. Temple is home to the Temple Bottling Company, which produces Dr Pepper. Temple is within 30 miles of Fort Hood, military personnel contribute a portion of the city's economy. Temple is served by the Temple Independent School District.
The district has one high school, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, three supplemental learning programs. Students within the local s
Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Tennessee. The city is located on the Cumberland River; the city's population ranks 24th in the U. S. According to 2017 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243; the "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017. Located in northern Middle Tennessee, Nashville is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in Tennessee; the 2017 population of the entire 14-county Nashville metropolitan area was 1,903,045. The 2017 population of the Nashville—Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was 2,027,489. Named for Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city was founded in 1779; the city grew due to its strategic location as a port and railroad center. Nashville seceded with Tennessee during the American Civil War and in 1862 became the first state capital to fall to Union troops.
After the war the city developed a manufacturing base. Since 1963, Nashville has had a consolidated city-county government, which includes six smaller municipalities in a two-tier system; the city is governed by a mayor, a vice-mayor, a 40-member metropolitan council. Reflecting the city's position in state government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for Middle Tennessee. Nashville is a center for the music, publishing, private prison and transportation industries, is home to numerous colleges and universities such as Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Lipscomb University. Entities with headquarters in the city include Asurion, Bridgestone Americas, Captain D's, CoreCivic, Dollar General, Hospital Corporation of America, LifeWay Christian Resources, Logan's Roadhouse, Ryman Hospitality Properties; the town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough.
It was named for the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 enslaved African Americans and 14 free African-American residents. In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named as the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee; the city government of Nashville owned 24 slaves by 1831, 60 prior to the war. They were "put to work to build the first successful water system and maintain the streets." The cholera outbreak that struck Nashville in 1849–1850 took the life of former U. S. President James K. Polk. There were 311 deaths from cholera in 1849 and an estimated 316 to about 500 in 1850. By 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville was a prosperous city; the city's significance as a shipping port made it a desirable prize as a means of controlling important river and railroad transportation routes.
In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops. The state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war; the Battle of Nashville was a significant Union victory and the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war. Afterward, the Confederates conducted a war of attrition, making guerrilla raids and engaging in small skirmishes, with the Confederate forces in the Deep South constantly in retreat. In 1868, a few years after the Civil War, the Nashville chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was founded by Confederate veteran John W. Morton. Chapters of this secret insurgent group formed throughout the South. In 1873 Nashville suffered another cholera epidemic, as did towns throughout Sumner County along railroad routes and the Cumberland River. Meanwhile, the city had reclaimed its important shipping and trading position and developed a solid manufacturing base; the post–Civil War years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville and Davidson County.
These healthy economic times left the city with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings, including the Parthenon in Centennial Park, near downtown. On April 30, 1892, Ephraim Grizzard, an African-American man, was lynched in a spectacle murder in front of a white mob of 10,000 in Nashville, his lynching was described by journalist Ida B. Wells as: "A naked, bloody example of the blood-thirstiness of the nineteenth century civilization of the Athens of the South." From 1877 to 1950, a total of six lynchings of blacks were conducted in Davidson County, most in the county seat of Nashville near the turn of the century. By the turn of the century, Nashville had become the cradle of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy, as the first chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded here and the Confederate Veteran magazine was published here. Most "guardians of the Lost Cause" lived near Centennial Park. At the same time, Jefferson Street became the historic center of the African-American community.
It remained so until the federal government s
William Whitaker Reed
William Whitaker Reed was a Tennessee native and a pioneer in the settlement of Bell County, Texas. William Whitaker Reed was born in Bedford County near Tennessee. In 1833, William Whitaker Reed traveled with his parents and Martha Reed, to Natchitoches, the launching point in the preparation for immigration to colonial Texas, they found, that Anglo immigration had been suspended by the government of Mexico. Furthermore, the area in which the Reeds planned to settle was in dispute between partisans of the empresarios Sterling C. Robertson and Stephen F. Austin. Reed and his brother-in-law, William Crain Sparks, explored territory in what is now Bell County south of Temple, Texas; the two selected lands along the south bank of the Little River for various family members near what is now the community of Salado. Robertson gained control of the colony in 1834 while Austin was imprisoned on false charges in Mexico City; when the Texas Revolution began in 1835, William Whitaker Reed joined the Texian Army and served under Captain L. H. Mabbett.
In April 1836, just 20 years of age, was among those who dug the mass grave to hold the burned and charred remains of the 344 men under Colonel James Fannin who were massacred on orders of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at Goliad west of Victoria, Texas. After the war, William Whitaker Reed returned to his homestead. In 1841, he wed the former Emeline Cobb, the seventh of eleven children of Stancil Cobb and the former Mila Reed; the couple had ten children. The area was settled, deserted resettled several times by the founding pioneers. In 1850, five years after Texas statehood Reed participated in the election of a commissioners' court to organize Bell County; that same year, he served two terms. The house which Reed built in 1850 was restored and relocated in 2008 as the Salado Visitor's Center; the structure is made of hand-hewn oak logs cut from the bottoms of the Little River. Larger than most frontier cabins, it is designed in the dogtrot style, with two main rooms separated by an open breezeway.
Fireplaces made of native limestone provided cooking. The house was windowless except for small openings from, it was designed for both shelter and security at a time when attacks from Indians, was a recurring threat. Through successive generations, members of the Reed family protected and preserved the 1850 homestead and made possible its current use. William Whitaker Reed died at the age of seventy-five a year after the passing of his wife, they are interred on Reed family land
2009 Fort Hood shooting
On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. Nidal Hasan, a U. S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally injured more than 30 others, it was the deadliest mass shooting on an American military base. Hasan was as a result paralyzed from the waist down. Hasan was arraigned by a military court on July 20, 2011 and was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, his court-martial began on August 7, 2013. Due to the nature of the charges, Hasan faced either the death penalty or life in prison without parole upon conviction. Hasan was found guilty on 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder on August 23, 2013, was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013. Days after the shooting, reports in the media revealed that a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been aware of a series of e-mails between Hasan and the Yemen-based Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, monitored by the NSA as a security threat, that Hasan's colleagues had been aware of his increasing radicalization for several years.
The failure to prevent the shootings led the Defense Department and the FBI to commission investigations, Congress to hold hearings. The U. S. government declined requests from survivors and family members of the slain to categorize the Fort Hood shooting as an act of terrorism, or motivated by militant Islamic religious convictions. In November 2011, a group of survivors and family members filed a lawsuit against the government for negligence in preventing the attack, to force the government to classify the shootings as terrorism; the Pentagon argued that charging Hasan with terrorism was not possible within the military justice system and that such action could harm the military prosecutors' ability to sustain a guilty verdict against Hasan. According to pretrial testimony, Hasan entered the Guns Galore store in Killeen on July 31, 2009, purchased the FN Five-seven semi-automatic pistol that he would use in the attack at Fort Hood. According to Army Specialist William Gilbert, a regular customer at the store, Hasan entered the store and asked for "the most technologically advanced weapon on the market and the one with the highest standard magazine capacity".
Hasan was asked how he intended to use the weapon, but repeated that he wanted the most advanced handgun with the largest magazine capacity. The three people with Hasan—Gilbert, the store manager, an employee—all recommended the FN Five-seven pistol; as Gilbert owned one of the pistols, he spent an hour describing its operation to Hasan. Hasan left the store, he returned to purchase the gun the next day, visited the store once a week to buy extra magazines, along with over 3,000 rounds of 5.7×28mm SS192 and SS197SR ammunition total. In the weeks prior to the attack, Hasan visited an outdoor shooting range in Florence, where he became adept at hitting silhouette targets at distances of up to 100 yards. At 1:34 p.m. local time, November 5, 2009, Hasan entered the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where personnel receive routine medical treatment prior to and on return from deployment. He was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with his unit and had been to the Center several times before, he was armed with the FN Five-seven pistol, which he had fitted with two Lasermax laser sights: one red, one green.
A Smith & Wesson.357 Magnum revolver was found on Hasan's person, but he did not use it to shoot any of the victims. After entering the building, Hasan went to the first desk to the right of the North doors and asked to see Major Parrish. MAJ Parrish worked in the building; the worker went down the hall to get Parrish. According to eyewitnesses, Hasan had gone around behind the desk and bowed his head for several seconds when he stood up, shouted "Allahu Akbar!" and opened fire. Witnesses said Hasan "sprayed bullets at soldiers in a fanlike motion" before taking aim at individual soldiers. Eyewitness SGT Michael Davis said: "The rate of fire was pretty much constant shooting; when I heard it, it sounded like an M16." Army Reserve Captain John Gaffaney tried to stop Hasan by charging him, but was mortally wounded before reaching him. Civilian physician assistant Michael Cahill tried to charge Hasan with a chair, but was shot and killed. Army Reserve Specialist Logan Burnett tried to stop Hasan by throwing a folding table at him, but he was shot in the left hip, fell down, crawled to a nearby cubicle.
According to testimony from witnesses, Hasan passed up several opportunities to shoot civilians, instead targeted soldiers in uniform, who – in accordance with military policy – were not carrying personal firearms. At one point, Hasan approached a group of five civilians hiding under a desk, he looked at them, swept the dot of his pistol's laser sight over one of the men's faces, turned away without firing. While this was going on, an Army Specialist broke a window in the back of the building where MAJ Parrish worked. Two soldiers and Parrish exited the building through the broken window on the east side of the building and escaped to the parking lot; the soldier cut his hand breaking the glass. All of this happened as Hasan was still shooting. Base civilian police Sergeant Kimberly Munley, who had rushed to the scene in her patrol car, encountered Hasan in the area outside the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. Hasan fired at Munley. Munley's hand was hit
Burnet County, Texas
Burnet County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,750, its county seat is Burnet. The county was founded in 1852 and organized in 1854, it is named for the first president of the Republic of Texas. The name of the county is pronounced with the emphasis or accent on the first syllable, just as is the case with its namesake. Indigenous peoples inhabit the area as early as 4500 B. C. Known tribes in the area include Tonkawa, Lipan Apache and Comanche. During the 1820s-1830s Stephen F. Austin and Green DeWitt surveying and Indian fighting explorations. In 1849 the United States established Fort Croghan and in 1848 First settlers arrived in the county, Samuel Eli Holland, Logan Vandeveer, Peter Kerr, William Harrison Magill, Noah Smithwick, Captain Jesse B. Burnham, R. H. Hall, Adam Rankin "Stovepipe" Johnson and Captain Christian Dorbandt. In 1851 Twenty Mormon families under the leadership of Lyman Wight establish a colony at Hamilton Creek to be known as Morman Mill.
In 1852 the Fourth Texas Legislature created Burnet County from Bell and Williamson. The first post office was established at Hamilton in 1853. In 1860 there were 235 slaves in Burnet County After the war some former slaves left the county, but many stayed. A group of them settled on land in the eastern part of Oatmeal. In 1870 the black population of the county had increased to 358, keeping pace with the growth of the total number of residents; some found work on farms and ranches, but by the turn of the century many had moved into the Marble Falls area to work in town. During 1882-1903 railroad tracks connected Burnet, Granite Mountain, Marble Falls and Lampasas. Lake Victor and Bertram became shipping point communities. Other communities lost population. During the Great Depression county farmers suffered financially but found work with government sponsored public-works projects; the Lower Colorado River Authority employed hundreds of people for the construction of the Hamilton Dam and Roy B.
Inks Dam. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,021 square miles, of which 994 square miles is land and 27 square miles is water. U. S. Highway 183 U. S. Highway 281 State Highway 29 Lampasas County Bell County Williamson County Travis County Blanco County Llano County San Saba County Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 34,147 people, 13,133 households, 9,665 families residing in the county; the population density was 34 people per square mile. There were 15,933 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 89.64% White, 1.52% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.24% from other races, 1.58% from two or more races. 14.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 13,133 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 8.60% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.40% were non-families.
22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.94. In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $37,921, the median income for a family was $43,871. Males had a median income of $30,255 versus $20,908 for females; the per capita income for the county was $18,850. About 7.90% of families and 10.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over. Adam R. "Stovepipe" Johnson, Confederate general and the 1887 founder of Marble Falls, despite being blinded during the war.
Gerald Lyda, general contractor and cattle rancher and raised in Burnet County. Stephen McGee, former American football quarterback. Played college football for Texas A&M. Drafted and played NFL football for the Dallas Cowboys. James Oakley, former County Commissioner and County Judge Logan Vandeveer, early Texas soldier, ranger and civic leader. Vandeveer was a leader in presenting the petition to the legislature in 1852 to establish Burnet County and was instrumental in having the town of Burnet named the county seat. Al Witcher, American football player List of museums in Central Texas National Register of Historic Places listings in Burnet County, Texas Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Burnet County Burnet County government’s website Burnet County tourism office Burnet County from the Handbook of Texas Online Burnet County TXGenWeb Project Burnet Bulletin newspaper The Highlander newspaper