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8 Wonders & Customs of Butler County

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8 Attractions of Butler County

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1. 1885 "Frisco" Wooden Water Tower—Beaumont, Kansas

 Today, "to the best of our knowledge" this is the last remaining Frisco built wooden water tower of its kind in the USA. The tower was constructed in 1885 by the Frisco railroad, and provided water for many uses. The tank is constructed by large saw cut and milled cypress staves bound by steel bands with nut and bolt fastenings.

2. Beaumont Hotel and Restaurant—Beaumont, Kansas

 This historic hotel is a unique dining experience providing a glimpse into the history of the cattle industry, early railroading, and the vision of entrepreneurs or past ages. The hotel and restaurant was built in 1879 and restored in 2001. Savor the peace and quiet of this very special piece of Americana.

3. Celebration of Freedom Memorial—El Dorado, Kansas

Located on the lawn of the historic Butler County Court House, this is a brick path memorial honoring over 1300 veterans, current members of the US armed forces and those who served on the home front. The centerpiece of the memorial, a six and a half foot bronze eagle, "Sovereign Wings", rests majestically atop a large limestone and brick base. A second memorial walk features the Statue of Liberty and our flag.

4. Coutts Memorial Museum of Art--A Legacy of Art—El Dorado, Kansas

The 1917 bank building that houses the museum at 110 N. Main in El Dorado is an impressive structure flavored by local history. The classic granite columns provide and appropriate entrance into the museum and invite the visitor into a vision of warmth and artistry. The museum house art of all kinds, with something for every taste.

5. C.N. James Trading Post—Augusta, Kansas

The cabin is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only two in the state of Kansas still on its original site. It is one of the oldest landmarks in Butler County. When visiting the C.N. James log cabin, you feel the warmth, determination and struggles of the early pioneers. The cabin was built in 1868, and over the years has been used as a trading post, boarding house, residence and woodworking shop.

6. Butler County History Museum/Kansas Oil Museum—El Dorado, Kansas

This collection of memorabilia serves to highlight the pioneer and developmental heritage of our area and culture. The Oil Museum is unique to Kansas and a tribute to the persons and industry that brought progress and notoriety to Butler County and Kansas. The permanent exhibit, Glory of the Hills, explores the lives of early inhabitants, settlers, farmers and ranchers thorough historic photographs and artifacts. The museum hosts a lively schedule of special events, a gift shop of Kansas history books and gifts, and a 4,000 volume research and genealogy library.

7. Walters' Pumpkin Patch—El Dorado, Kansas (Hwy 77, 10 miles north of El Dorado)

 The Pumpkin Patch gives your family a day on the farm that everyone will enjoy and treasure. Explore the Corn Maze! Ride hay wagons across the Creaky Bridge to the Haunted cannery! The best pumpkin patch experience in the area. Darling gift shop with specialty pumpkin food items and unique fall and Christmas décor. Pumpkin Fest begins the third week in September and continues through October 31. Covered outdoor seating for 200.

8. 75 Year Old Augusta Historic Theatre—Augusta, Kansas

Opened originally in June of 1935, the August Historic Theatre was the first in the world to use neon illumination throughout the interior. This 633-seat auditorium with its Egyptian appearance was a hallmark of movie palaces built in America in the 1920s and 1930s.