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Burkburnett, Texas

Burkburnett was first settled in the 1860s by pioneers D.P. McCracken and H.C. Ackers on Gilbert Creek in northeastern Wichita County. Cowboys on the giant Samuel Burk Burnett 6666 Ranch derisively called the community "Nesterville." In 1907 Joseph A. Kemp and Frank Kell from nearby Wichita Falls bought part of the Burk Burnett ranch for their railroad and laid out the present townsite. It is said the town was named for Burk Burnett when President Theodore Roosevelt personally interceded with the Post Office Department. (Roosevelt had been Burnett's guest on a wolf hunt in the area in 1905.)

The 1918 Fowler oil discovery turned the struggling farming community into a boom town. Oil derricks were so close together old-timers say it was almost possible to walk across town from derrick to derrick without touching the ground. The 1941 movie "Boomtown," with Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, was based on those wild oil-boom days.

The boom is gone and oil pours less freely today. Farming, ranching, and diversified industries provide stability to the economy, and several parks provide picnic facilities.

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Hardeman County Museum

In county jail built 1891 of native stone, upper floor cells left intact. General history museum occupies lower floor and fea...

Brown County Museum of History

Seven rooms of exhibits in old, castle-like jail. Brown County history, and evolution of communications exhibit in room spons...

Medicine Mounds

Four unusual cone-shaped hills that rise some 350 feet above the surrounding plains; named by the Comanche Indians, held in a...

Phillips Municipal Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

City Park

Facilities include overnight camping, swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, tennis courts....