This trail constructed along an abandoned railroad line was part of the old Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad Company. This passenger line transported people within Spokane as well recreational areas like Liberty, Hayden, and Coeur d'Alene Lakes.
Streetcar lines appeared in Spokane from about 1890 to the late 1920s. Interurban lines were popular to get people from one place to another within the city but soon rail lines were built to take Spokane residents to places outside the city. J. P. Graves and other businessmen in Spokane built the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene interurban line that went from Coeur d'Alene to the growing wheat towns in the Palouse through Spokane. Included on this line were destination spots like Hayden, Coeur d'Alene, and Liberty Lakes.
The trail is named for Ben Burr because of his work with the Great Northern Railway for forty-eight years. There is a park at 43rd and Havanna also named for him as well as a Ben Burr Boulevard that crosses Freya between 14th and 15th Avenues.
The Ben Burr Trail runs between Underhill and Liberty Parks and is one mile long.