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Burson CA Area Overview

Burson was named for Daniel Burson, a wounded Civil War veteran.

Around 1877, Daniel Burson, a farmer, and his wife Martha moved from their home in Wyanet, Illinois to Calaveras County where they homesteaded a 160-acre parcel.

With the opportunity presented by the San Joaquin & Sierra Nevada Railroad coming through, Burson transformed his property and recorded the townsite, which he named for himself in 1884. But the railroad was not what he expected and 4 years later he and Martha moved to the falls of San Antonio Creek near Big Trees.  Yet, 120+ years later,  a town and a road running through it still bears his name.