Burnet is a city in and the county seat of Burnet County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,987 at the 2010 census. Both the city and the county were named for David Gouverneur Burnet, the first (provisional) president of the Republic of Texas. He also served as Vice President during the administration of Mirabeau B. Lamar. Burnet is located one mile west of the divide between the Brazos and Colorado River watersheds near the center of Burnet County. It is 54 miles northwest of the state capital, Austin – roughly a 1- to 1½-hour drive via U.S. Highway 183 and State Highway 29. It is 36 miles west of Georgetown and Interstate Highway 35 via State Highway 29, and 100 miles north of San Antonio on U.S. Highway 281.
Attractions in the Burnet area include the Highland Lakes, Longhorn Cavern, Inks Lake State Park, the Historic Burnet Square, the Highland Lakes Air Museum, Fort Croghan Museum and Grounds, the Vanishing Texas River Cruise, Hamilton Creek Park, Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, Delaware Springs Golf Course, and the Austin Steam Train Association’s Hill Country Flyer. The Historic Square features buildings from as early as the 1880s and offers a variety of unique shops and eateries.
Famous residents of Burnet include Doak Field, a professional American football player. As a linebacker at Baylor University, Field was selected in the 1981 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He appeared in seven games in the 1981 season for the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL. Other football players from Burnet High School include quarterback Stephen McGee of Texas A&M University and the Dallas Cowboys, and wide receiver Jordan Shipley of The University of Texas at Austin and the Cincinnati Bengals. Logan Vandeveer was a Texas soldier, ranger, cattleman 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.