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The Burnett District and the Terminal Railroad: The History Behind the Burnett Name in Long Beach

A little known but very historic area of Long Beach has recently come under discussion: The Burnett School, which believed itself to be named for Peter Hardeman Burnett, the first governor of California, was renamed the Bobbie Smith Elementary School in September 2014, after charges that Peter Burnett was an alleged racist. But somewhere along the line, it was forgotten that the area of the city once known as Burnett was actually named after Thomas Burr Burnett, the general manager of the Terminal Railroad, whose rail line opened the future metropolis of Long Beach to the world.