33°04′41″N 116°37′2″W / 33.07806°N 116.61722°W / 33.07806; -116.61722

Branson City
Branson City is located in California
Branson City
Branson City
Location in California
Branson City is located in the United States
Branson City
Branson City
Branson City (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°04′41″N 116°37′2″W / 33.07806°N 116.61722°W / 33.07806; -116.61722
CountryUnited States
CountySan Diego County
Elevation3,996 ft (1,218 m)

Branson City or Branson is a ghost town in San Diego County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 3996 feet.[1] It is located on State Highway 78 at its junction with Pine Hills Road, about one mile west of Julian.


Branson City was founded in August 1870 by a lawyer, Lewis C. Branson, west of Julian, along Coleman Creek, in the Julian Mining District. Branson City had a store, saloon, and a dance-hall, and also a post office from August 19, 1870, to October 13, 1870.[2] Julian being closer to the lode gold being found in the hills farther up stream, supplanted Branson City, which was also more exposed to the elements than Julian and it soon disappeared.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Branson (historical), California, USGS 24K Map, Julian, CA; from topoquest.com, accessed 3/10/2013
  2. ^ Frickstad, Walter N., A Century of California Post Offices 1848-1954, Philatelic Research Society, Oakland, CA. 1955, pp. 147-158.
  3. ^ Leland Fetzer, San Diego County Place Names, A To Z; Sunbelt Publications, Inc., San Diego, 2005, p.15