If you know the origin of a Burlington street name, your wisdom is appreciated. Some are obvious topographical references and aren’t worth pursuing (Rocky Hill etc.) And some have obvious historical roots (Winn). It’s the myriad other names that need clarification (Winona, Van Norden etc.). Please email the information to BurlingtonRetro@gmail.com.
Barbara Cir — Daughter of builder Joe Roberto.
Barnum Rd — David Barnum owned a mill building on Mill Street not far from the current Barnum Road, just a short walk behind Fox Hill Elementary School.
Baron Park Ln
Bassett Ave — James N. and Dorothy E. Bassett owned property in the area before Route 128 arrived.
Baxter Cir — Frank Baxter, a Planning Board member during Burlington’s fastest-growing years in the 1960s. He also helped bring a YWCA program to the town, which operated from the Frothingham mansion on what is now Theresa Ave in the 1960s and 70s.
Beacon St — Was originally a driveway to Crawford Farm (now Beacon Village) and ended there. More here.
Belmont Rd — Frank and Joanne Riccardi at 5 Belmont Rd. were the first homeowners on the street. They hailed from Belmont, MA.
Bennett Ln — The Bennett family traces back to the first days of Burlington and claimed big chunks of town, including Bennett Hill (Center Street). Alas, the name survives only in the form of this tiny road.
Benson Way — Arthur E. Benson, the property owner until his death in 1998.
Blanchard Rd — David Blanchard built a house there for his bride, but the marriage never happened. Before 1900, this was informally known as Babylon Road.
Bradford Rd — This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.
Brown Ave — Roger and Melissa Brown of Lexington Street. Their driveway is now Brown Ave. and their (renovated) house is now 3 Brown Ave.
Burlington Mall Rd — Opened November, 1968 as a single-purpose shortcut from Cambridge St. to the three-month-old Burlington Mall.
Burton Rd — Burton Blake, who built 5 and 9 Peach Orchard Road and lived in both houses at different times. He drew up the plans for Burton Road, and his brothers built the houses.
Butters Ln — James Butters lived nearby in a large house at the corner of Cambridge Street and what is now Terry Ave.