This exhibit was researched and written by Kerri Menchaca and Mary Saffell, C. A., and Published in August 2022.

Special thanks to The Burnett Companies Archives and Bill and Dusty Nash for sharing family photographs of Mary Couts Burnett and Burk Burnett Jr.


Records of the Board of Trustees. Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University.

S. B. Burnett Estate Records, 1874-1981 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Burnett, Samuel Burk and Burnett, Mary Couts files, Stewart Title Abstracts of Probate, Tarrant County Archives, Fort Worth, Texas

The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Public Library

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Upshur County Archives

National Archives Federal Census Records & Slave Schedules

National Archive U.S. Navy Muster Rolls, 1798–1939

Couts Surname File, Weatherford Public Library


Biennial Reports of the Texas State Board of Control, Austin. J. B. Cranfill and J. L. Walker, R. C.

Britton, Benny. Terrell State Hospital, 1883-2008

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Kennedy, Damon Wayne.  "Samuel Burk Burnett and the 6666 Ranch."  Ph.D. diss.,  Texas Tech University, 2006.

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The Daily Herald. Weatherford, Texas.

The Weekly Herald. Weatherford, Texas.

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The Weatherford Enquirer. Weatherford, Texas.

The Fort Worth Record and Register. Fort Worth, Texas.

The Fort Worth Daily Democrat. Fort Worth, Texas.

The Fort Worth Standard. Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Fort Worth Daily Gazette. Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Fort Worth Star Telegram (via NewsBank). Fort Worth, Texas.


Debbie Mauldin Cottrell, “Burnett, Mary Couts,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 08, 2022,

David Minor, “Burnett, Samuel Burk,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 08, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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