In the rolling hills of western Washington County, you will find our charming little town of
300+/- friendly, hospitable citizens. The little town of Burton was established in 1870 by
German immigrant families on land sold by John M. Burton, who came to Texas in the 1820’s
from Georgia. The Burton Post Office opened on September 3, 1870 and the Burton ISD was
formed in 1878; burtonisd.net. The formation of the Burton Volunteer Fire Department in 1897
added to the security of the tightly knit community. In 1972, the town incorporated; with the
City of Burton Municipal Court and Police Department being formed and established on January
Downtown Burton is listed as a "Commercial Historic District" in the National Register. Burton
is also one of the towns on the Texas Historical Commission's "Texas Independence Trail". Burton is home to “The Official Cotton Gin Museum of Texas.” The key exhibit of the museum is
the cotton gin that was built in 1914 and is home to a 1925 Bessemer Type IV diesel oil engine.
The restored 16 ton “Lady B” is the largest internal combustion engine of its vintage still operating in America! Each year the gin gets fired up and bales cotton during the annual Cotton
Gin Festival in April. For more information see www.cottonginmuseum.org.
Information about eating, shopping and happenings in and around Burton can be found at the
Burton Chamber of Commerce website, www.burtontexas.org, and the Burton Heritage
Society website, www.burtonheritagesociety.org. Our most noted events are Texas Ranger Day,
Big Star Texas Night, the Cotton Gin Festival, and Spring & Fall Antique Shows. We welcome you
to come and enjoy the sights and celebrations of our little city and its traditions.