Near Putnam in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Burkett Pecan Tree
Erected 1966 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee and Callahan County Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 573.)
Location. 32° 22.686′ N, 99° 9.674′ W. Marker is near Putnam, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker is on I-20 Frontage (North) Road 1.1 miles west of County Road 425, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The frontage road is a dead-end road; the marker is 0.1 miles east of the end of the road. Marker is in this post office area: Putnam TX 76469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hittson Ranch Headquarters on Battle Creek (approx. 1˝ miles away); Scranton Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Site of Scranton Academy (approx. 5.8 miles away); Military Telegraph Line (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Callahan City (approx. 8.3 miles away); Callahan City Cemetery (approx. 8.3 miles away); Atwell Cemetery (approx. 8˝ miles away); Admiral Baptist Church (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Putnam.
Regarding Burkett Pecan Tree.
Also see . . .
1. Original Burkett Pecan. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on December 1, 2014.)
2. Original Burkett Pecan - Famous Trees of Texas. Includes photograph of the tree when it existed. (Submitted on December 1, 2014.)
1. 1912 Agriculture Yearbook
From the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture - 1912, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913, pp. 273-274:
The original tree of the Burkett pecan was first discovered by Mr. J.H. Burkett, of Clyde Tex. It was a wild tree then standing in a crowded location near the banks of Battle Creek, 3 miles east of Putnam, Callahan County, Tex., on a farm owned at that time by Mr. Y.A. Orr. After observing this tree for three seasons Mr. Burkett became so favorably impressed with its bearing habit and the evident merits of the nut that on July 4, 1903, he inserted two buds from it in a pecan sprout grown from a stump cut two years before, which stood
— Submitted December 1, 2014.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.