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"Ghost" town of 
Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Location:  4 miles west and 1 mile north of Macomb
Existed:  June 8, 1988 - January 2, 1907
Named for: Catherine, daughter of Abram Burnett, Potawatomi tribal leader

The first postmaster was John T. Peyton; the second, Jefferson Davis Castleman and the third William Wesselhoft.  Wesselhoft was a native German who came here with William “Dutch Bill” Griffenstein from Wichita, Kansas. Both men had married into the Potawatomi Indian tribe and had come to live on their wife’s allotments.  The town of Burnett was actually founded by Griffenstein, a German born licensed Indian Trader, who had started the first store. His wife, Catherine Burnett, was the daughter of Abram Burnett, Chief of the Potawatomi tribe in Kansas, who was a 240 pound, giant of a man, and a monument was erected in his honor in Kansas. At one time, Griffenstein and his son ran over 1000 registered horses on his ranch that adjoined his palatial edifice home, and the town was actually the largest in the county when County “B” was opened to homesteads in 1891. Griffenstein was the founder of Wichita, Kansas, and was later Mayor of that city and a bank director of one of the large banks there. Obe McGeehee taught school in Burnett in 1903. Dr. Holloway came to Burnett shortly after Dr. Walker in about 1897, as did Dr. J. L. Barden. There were three saloons in Burnett. One owned by Joe Pitman and his partner Ed Button. Dr. Wedn came to the county in 1885, was first a “horse” doctor before he was a “people” doctor. The town of Burnett literally "moved away," most of the people going to Macomb, others to Tribbey as the railroad failed to come through the town.

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Source: "POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY OKLAHOMA HISTORY" compiled and edited by Pottawatomie County History Book Committee; published by Country Lane Press, Claremore, OK, 1987.