The Burnet County Courthouse is one of the most modern courthouses in the Highland Lakes. Completed in 1937, the granite, box-like structure is the third building used as a courthouse in Burnet.
After a fire burned down the first Burnet County Courthouse in 1874, court was held under the large oak trees still present on the courthouse lawn. That first courthouse was a wood frame, one-story structure. The fire was believed to be arson, according to historic records.
A second courthouse built of limestone served the county as both government offices and a jail from 1875 until 1937. It was in such disrepair that officials decided to tear it down and build the current granite structure. Built from local pink granite quarried from Granite Mountain in Marble Falls, the Burnet County Courthouse used today cost $133,500.
Located at 220 S. Pierce St. in Burnet, the courthouse was expanded in 1974 with a design by Willis Environmental Engineering of Marble Falls. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2000.
While you’re at the historic courthouse, take a look toward Washington Street, where you’ll spot another historic county structure — the old county jail. The old jail housed inmates up to the 1970s and now is home to several county offices.