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Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Burke is approximately 314 (1990), 737 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 129 (1990), 256 (2010).
The amount of land area in Burke is 1.628 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Burke to Washington DC is 1163 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 189 miles. (as the crow flies)
Burke is positioned 31.22 degrees north of the equator and 94.76 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in eastern Texas, in southwestern Angelina County
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History & History Related Items

Burke began in the early 1880's at the farthest north point for the Houston, East and West Texas Railway. It was originally known as Rhodes for its postmaster and general store proprietor, W. R. Rhodes. It was re-named around 1885 for a civil engineer who worked in a railroad survey at that time. The small town continued to grow until by 1897, it had a population of around 650 people. By 1904, the population had dropped to only 161, most likely due to the rising up of the town of Lufkin, just eight miles north. Not to be dismayed, the town rebounded and by 1925 had around 300 residents. The town was incorporated in 1966. Burke's population has remained fairly stable at around 300 people with 314 in the 1990 US Census.
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The founding of Burke


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