|Gravesite of Ruben S. Branson for whom Branson is
Although it’s difficult to put a handle on who founded Branson, it’s not hard to determine who the city of Branson is named after. That would be Ruben S. Branson.
In 1882, Ruben S. Branson started a general store near the mouth of Roark Creek and the White River. He started a post office in the store and named it “Branson.” The name of the post office was changed “Lucia” in 1902 and changed back to “Branson” again in 1904. It became the name of the city of Branson when it was incorporated on April 1, 1912.
Ruben S. Branson’s grave site may be conveniently viewed from the outside of the Branson Cemetery located at the northwest corner or Oklahoma and Commercial Streets in Historic Downtown Branson. As the picture indicates, it is hard to miss and entry into the cemetery is not required to view the site.
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