The Burlington, Edison, and Bow Washington greater area includes home sites, farms, condominiums, vacant land, waterfront and commercial real estate. Burlington is the local connecting point for two major railways and also serves as the junction connecting I-5 and Highway 20 – it is considered to be the “Hub City” of Skagit County. Burlington has grown to become the fourth largest city in Skagit County over recent years and includes the most major retail businesses within its city limits, which includes the Cascade Mall. Skagit Regional Airport has long been a local connecting point and recently was adjoined by the Heritage Flight Museum. Skagit Speedway attracts visitors nationally for auto racing events, and the Bayview community is home to the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center and outdoor activities. Banners reflecting the seasons welcome tourists into the Old Fairhaven District of Burlington. Featured are specialty shops, and locally-owned cafes and restaurants, in addition to the necessary convenience services. Burlington is a desirable rural location to live in and/or raise a family, with outstanding schools and youth sports fields. Flanked by many farms and fertile strawberry fields, Burlington’s major contribution to the County Festivals is the annual “Berry Dairy Days” in June.
The northwestern corner of Skagit County includes Edison. The name of the local school district (and the high school) is Burlington-Edison. Originally settled in 1869 by Ben Samson, the town of Edison was later named after the inventor, Thomas Edison. Edison today has a rustic “Old West” atmosphere, surrounded by farmland. Visitors can enjoy art galleries, unique shops, fresh local food and entertainment in the saloons. Samish Island attracts visitors with community artists’ events and a distillery.
Bow Washington, was originally called Brownsville, for William J. Brown, who homesteaded the area in 1869. The arrival of the railroad created a population boom and the need for a post office! Inspired by the growth from the railroad, Brown suggested the new name of “Bow”, after a large railway station in London, England – named after the “bow” or “poplar” tree. An alternately popular belief is it was named after homesteader, James T. Bow. The Chuckanut Drive area is a direct connection from the Blanchard community to Bellingham in Whatcom County, and widely known for several outstanding seafood establishments with westward views! Skagit Valley Casino Resort in Bow attracts popular national entertainers. The Alger community provides theatre, dining and direct access to Lake Whatcom.