The town of Gurdon had its true beginnings as a railroad town. After the Calm and Fulton Railroad decided to establish a stop at the location, the place needed a name. According to local legend, the community was named "Gurdon" for one of the surveyors of the railroad's right-of-way, Gurdon Cunningham.
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Richter, Wendy Bradley, "Legend: Gurdon named for railroad surveyor" (2016). Articles. 155.