Burton, Washington

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Unincorporated community
Burton is located in Washington (state)
Location within the state of Washington
Coordinates: 47°23′21″N 122°27′33″W / 47.38917°N 122.45917°W / 47.38917; -122.45917Coordinates: 47°23′21″N 122°27′33″W / 47.38917°N 122.45917°W / 47.38917; -122.45917
Country United States
State Washington
County King
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)

Burton is an unincorporated community in King County, Washington. It is a historic waterfront residential area on Vashon Island. The town of Burton sits at the isthmus between Inner and Outer Quartermaster Harbor. The town was named in 1892 by Mrs. Miles Hatch after her home town in Illinois,[1] and in that year development began in Burton with the Vashon College and the Burton Store. Industries around Burton at that time included logging, shingle manufacturing and brickmaking.

Old postcard showing Burton circa 1910. Vashon College is visible on the top right.
Detailed map of Vashon Island, Washington


  1. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 32.

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