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.