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King County Landmarks: Dockton General Store and Post Office (1908, 1922), Dockton, Maury Island

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Located in the community of Dockton on the southwestern part of Maury Island, the general store and post office building is the only well preserved example of an early 20th century commercial building on Maury Island. Like other country stores on Vashon Island, the Dockton General Store was built close to the water in order to serve customers who traveled by boat. As the automobile brought greater mobility to rural residents, many small stores suffered as their former customers traveled to more regional stores and markets. The owners of the Dockton store defied this trend by offering automobile repair service and selling gasoline, thus ensuring that their customers with cars still visited the Dockton store. The store was restored in the early 1990s for use as office space.

 

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Dockton Store, Vashon Island, ca. 1940
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