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BURTON, TEXAS

Washington County, Central Texas South
Hwy 290
FM 1697 and FM 390 La Bahia Road
90 miles W of Houston on Hwy 290
11 miles W of Brenham
24 miles E of Giddings

Population: 359 (2000) 311 (1990)

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Burton depot
The Houston and Texas Central Railroad Station (c. 1898) in Burton
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after John M. Burton who was an early settler. The town of Union Hill (2 miles NE of present Burton) moved to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad tracks when it came through Washington County after the Civil War.

In 1885 there were only 150 people in town, but there were 400 just eleven years later in 1896. The highest population was in the late 1940s when there were nearly 1,000 people living in Burton.

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Ed Schatz Store
The Ed Schatz Store
c. 1906
Formerly on the Historic Commission's Endangered Buildings list
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Burton Attractions

Includes historic buildings.
The chamber of commerce has a detailed walking guide.
  • The Burton Cotton Gin and Museum
  • Matson Park - Across the highway (290) from Burton is Matson Park. The park was bought so that the Black citizens of Burton could have their own area for community events. Although "Juneteenth" is celebrated officially as the 19th day of June each year, Burton's Black community didn't hear of the Emancipation Proclamation until August 4th so they hold their own celebration on the first weekend of August.
  • The Ed Schatz Building (c. 1906)
  • The Otto Wehring Shoe Shop (c. 1933) - next to the Gin.
  • The Knittel Homestead (c. 1880)
  • The Houston and Texas Central Railroad Station (c. 1898)
  • The Steiner & Dallmeyer Building (c. 1871) - a mercantile business operated here for over 50 years
  • The Otto Wehring Store - next to the Gin. The building has been locked since the death of the owner in 1976 and is part of the cotton gin complex. It is currently awaiting restoration.

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  • Knittel House in Burton Texas
    The Knittel House c. 1880
    Probably the largest residence in Burton; it's said to have been built to resemble a steamboat.
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    Burton Texas Grocery Store
    A Burton Grocery Store
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    Burton Texas post office
    The post office at Burton
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    A Scenic Drive from Burton

  • La Bahia Scenic Highway (FM 390)
    Burton is an ideal place to begin a trip to Old Washington-on-the-Brazos / Star of the Republic Museum. La Bahia Trail (FM 390) crosses Washington County via Gay Hill, The Old Baylor Ruins, Independence, William Penn, joins Hwy 105 and continues to Old Washington.

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  • Burton Texas Forum
  • Can't wait to explore this newest addition (Going Postal) to your site! As a Postmaster, I am especially going to enjoy it. Wanted to clue you in on my own office. Even though the building is only about 3 years old, it's facade is built to resemble the mercantile store that sat on the site over 100 years ago. The town's residents gathered the money to pay an architect to modify the standard format the Postal service was planning for the location. Thus as Glen Flora's Post office is the "oldest" new Post Office, Burton has the "newest" old Post Office. Come see us! - Kathryn Cockroft Postmaster Burton TX 77835, July 03, 2002

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