Butler History Center/Kansas Oil Museum
Eureka! The discovery of oil at the Stapleton #1 oil well in 1915 brought big changes to El Dorado and altered its history forever. At the Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum one may step back in time and relive this extraordinary period of oil exploration through the meticulous research and excellent exhibits.
A visitor can tour an actual pumphouse and two styles of operational drilling rigs, a shotgun style house from company town Oil Hill, and view a wealth of artifacts and equipment from the early days of oil discovery. The collection of vintage operational oilfiled equipment is the best in the nation, and the 1920's historic oil boom town, recreated on the museum's 10-acre grounds, exports the visitor back to that formative time.
Glory of the Hills. El Dorado is situated on the western edge of the Flint Hills, the beautiful ten thousand-year-old tallgrass prairie, one of the last remaining ecosystems of this type. The History Center's permanent exhibit, Glory of the Hills, depicts the Flint Hills as a land full of possibilities. Historic photographs and artifacts explore the lives of early inhabitants, settlers and farmer/ranchers who grazed their huge cattle herds on the rich bluestem grasses.
The exhibits are complimented by a gift shop and 4,000 volume research library. Check the events calendar on their page for special events. Admission is $4 adults, $3 Seniors, $2 students, free for children 5 and under.