Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas at Burnett Plaza, the company has a long history in Texas and a strong connection to Fort Worth. The Burnett family continues to play an active role today in preserving the rich heritage of Texas through its philanthropic and environmental endeavors.
Our Heritage – Where It All Began
The Burnett family’s history in Texas dates back to the mid-1800′s. Samuel “Burk” Burnett was one of the first cattlemen in Texas to buy steers and graze them for market. The end of the 19th century brought with it the end of the open range. Private cattle ranches quickly became the face of the new West.
Oil was first discovered on the Dixon Creek Ranch in Hutchinson County, Texas in 1921. The discovery later became known as the Panhandle Oil Field. As drilling progressed in the 1920’s, the West Panhandle Gas Field was extended across most of the Dixon Creek Ranch in adjacent Carson County to the south. The West Panhandle Field later coalesced into the mega-giant Hugoton-Panhandle Gas Field, the largest natural gas field in North America.
In 1969, oil was discovered in King County, Texas. Numerous oil fields followed this discovery and to date, over 100 million barrels of oil have been produced from these fields.
The discovery of oil greatly benefited the ranching business which has continued to grow and develop for over 100 years. The land and its good stewardship are our heritage and our legacy.
Vice President - New Ventures
Burnett Oil Company
Burnett Plaza - Suite 1500
801 Cherry Street - Unit 9
Fort Worth, Texas 76102