Must See

 

Butler County is the largest County in Kansas with many charming towns. It is the Southern edge of the Prairie grass Flint Hills. From Spring to Fall you will see herds of cattle dotting the hills to feed on this wholesome grass.

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Augusta - Historic Augusta Theatre with elaborate art deco interior including ornamental plaster, canvas murals, and stenciled ceiling designed by Hans Van Voss from Holland. Built in 1935. The glass facade gave the Theatre a badge of distinction.

Augusta - KS Museum of Military History Preserving aviation and military history in a 16,500 square feet building and outdoors. Located on the south edge of town on Highway 77. Over 9,000 displays from miniature to huge. Donation

Augusta - 1868 C. N. James Log Cabin adjacent to the historical museum 303 State Street. One of only two pioneer houses in the State of Kansas still on its original site. Donation

 

Beaumont - The 1885 Frisco built wooden water tower The project won the "Kansas Preservation Alliance Award for Excellence" for efforts by three women to preserve the wooden tower. The tower was used during the steam locomotive era of Beaumont.

 

Benton - Infinity Art Glass, the gallery of artist Scott Hartley, displays his unique hand blown works. A glassblowing demonstration would be worth fitting in your timeframe.

 

Cassoday - Cassoday Museum - Sante Fe Depot  If you want to know about railroads and cattle, you must visit this museum housed in the original Santa Fe Depot. Washington and Beaman streets.

 

Douglass- The Pioneer Museum located on the downtown brick street of Douglass. Great for genealogy if you're from that area. Free

 

El Dorado - downtown streetscape with sculptures and old fashioned street lamps will take you back in time, planters and benches complete the district. Don't miss the Flint Hills mural in Sculpture Alley just north of the Coutts Museum. 570 colorful ceramic tiles make up this mural by artists Phil Epp and Terry Corbett. Get a sculpture walking tour brochure at the El Dorado Main Street office in the historic train depot at Main and 3rd street.

El Dorado - If you are into art, you don't want to miss the two stories of artwork displayed at the Coutts Museum of Art at 110 N. Main. You'll know it by the two iron horse sculptures adorning the entrance. Donation. There are also other art galleries for the art lovers to see and appreciate the local talent.

El Dorado - Butler County History & Kansas Oil Museum is dedicated to the history of farming, ranching, and the oil industry. Experience the early oil boom days and the ecological distinctiveness of the tallgrass prairie. Be inspired by the landscape and history of Kansas' Flint Hills in the premier comprehensive exhibit entitled "Glory of the Hills". Other tastefully arranged displays will make it easy for you to explore the history of those living in the 1920's and beyond.

El Dorado - Historic Butler County Courthouse 205 W. Central. During business hours browse through the halls. Celebrating 100 years in late September, 2008. On the grounds view the beautiful Freedom Memorial honoring over 900 veterans from Butler County.

El Dorado - Home of the Butler County Grizzlies. Butler Community College houses the Erman B. White Art Gallery. 901 S. Haverhill Road. Open year round. Free

El Dorado - El Dorado Lake and State Park El Dorado Lake's 8,000 acres of water and Kansas' largest state park, the 4,000 acre El Dorado State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities year round. See native grass and wildflowers.

 

Potwin - the old limestone building which houses the library. 117 N. Randall.

 

Towanda - See how a small town worked together to enhance the look of their downtown. If open, take a look inside the refurbished community building with its original tin ceiling.

Towanda - The Paradise Doll Hospital and Museum has dolls of all sizes and range from early to present time. See the Towanda section for details.

 

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