City Spotlight: What’s in a Name?

By David Vaughn Burnet City Manager


Do you ever wonder how a specific place or street got it’s name?  Places such as Hoover's Valley, Mahomet, Oatmeal and Lake Victor, or streets such as Mormon Mill Road, Johnson Street and Vandeveer Street.  Most of these names originate from some person, family, or geography that have long been forgotten by most, but never-the-less the name will go on for centuries.

While I have lived in this area for over 30 years, I continue to learn facts on a regular basis about what some of our predecessors accomplished in their lives that are truly amazing.  The “Greatest Generation”, which includes people such as Tex Robertson, Jim Luther, and John Hoover, have accomplished things that almost seem impossible for one person to have done in a lifetime.

Next month, we will have the opportunity to honor another one of these life-long residents and community leaders, who was lost two years ago, by dedicating a newly built thoroughfare off highway US 281 South as Ramsey’s Way, in honor of Ramsey Clinton.  While Ramsey’s contributions to this community are simply too numerous to list, just a few of them include; Burnet’s Honor Citizen in 1970, founding member and first president of the Rotary Club of Burnet, Lay Leader and Sr. Warden at Epiphany Episcopal Church, BCISD School Board Member and President, City of Burnet Councilmember and Mayor, Burnet Planning & Zoning Commission Member, Chamber of Commerce President, President of the Burnet Hospital Authority, District Deputy Grand Master of the Masons, Charter Member of the Austin Admirals Club, lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council. Ramsey was instrumental in the creation of Galloway Hammond Park (now the YMCA) and the rodeo grounds located on Houston Clinton Drive, which was named in honor of Ramsey’s father. 

Ramsey served in the Navy during World War II, owned and operated the rock quarry on the south edge of town, was one of four partners that originally owned Inner Space Caverns on I-35, and was one of the creators of the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park (cemetery) on Park Road 4.   Ramsey was the second in a line of what is now four generations of the Clinton family to serve on the City Council. 

Yet with all of these accomplishments, I will always remember Ramsey for that incredible smile, that unforgettable laugh, and an amazing love for life and this community that only a few ever possess.  Please join us on Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Ramsey’s Way and help us honor his memory and his many contributions to this great community.

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