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Butler County, KS

Butler CountyButler County has been a rich cattle grazing land since the 1860s. As early as 1857, the first pioneers looked down on the beautiful Walnut River valley and decided to make it home. At the center of the Flint Hills, the area has changed little since Captain Zebulon Pike noted the hills covered with flint rock cobbles during his 1806 expedition across Kansas. The Name "Flint Hills" had identified the region ever since.

Since the beginning a lore of cowboys, cattle drives, and western style living has entertained and amazed the area traveler. The first cattle drives began in Texas during 1865 when animals were driven to Kansas railroads through the Flint Hills. By 1885 the wild Texas cattle drives were over and 5 million cattle had passed through the Hills on their journey to eastern markets. The era of custom grazing of out-of-state cattle began, and today over 1 million head of cattle are fattened annually on the lush pasture land.

The peaceful tranquility of the region changed forever when oil was discovered near El Dorado in 1915.

Cattle grazing and bottom land farming gave way to the mixed economy of beef and black gold.

Several area driving tours are available for the interest of the photographer, bird watcher, fossil hunter, antique lover, fisherman or amateur historian. So treat yourself to one of the best kept secret in the land - Butler County, where rich history, breathtaking scenery, and adventure abound.

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El Dorado State Park and Lake

Where Special Events Happen El Dorado Lake is located just north and east of the City of El Dorado at the edge of the scenic Flint Hills. The lake has approximately 8,000 surface acres of water with 98 miles of shoreline. There are approximately 6,000

El Dorado, KS State Parks

Robin's

A unique shopping experience. Robin's offers the latest in fashion clothes, jewlery, shoes,and tux rentals. The friendly assistance you receive here keeps you coming back. Robin's offers a variety of styles to choose from.

El Dorado, KS Uniques

Triple S Ranch Supply

A true "Don't judge a book by its cover" stop; something for everyone can be found at Triple S Ranch Supply. They meet your ranching needs as well as a full line of clothing for the cowboy and cowgirl. Ropes, hats and boots are available. If they don'

El Dorado, KS Venue Attractions

Cassoday Museum

Housed in the original Santa Fe Depot, this museum features an old-timer cowboy room and a variety of artifacts from Cassoday'

Cassoday, KS Museums


Augusta Historic Theater

The Augusta Historical Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a perfect example of the architectural elegance and grandeur of movie palaces in the 1920s and 1930s during the height of grand theatre building in the United States. The Augusta Theater opened June 19, 193

Augusta, KS Historic Theatres

Circle Gallery & Frame Shop

"Custom framing, original art, art reproductions and scroll saw hardwood gifts. Circle Gallery has served the custom framing needs in Butler County for over 33 years. From October through May the Gallery serves as the front door for the Iron Horse Concert Hall, a bluegrass and folk music venue. "

El Dorado, KS Arts

Carnegie Library Building

El Dorado's first library was built in 1912 from locally quarried hand-cut, native white limestone. Topped with the Spanish tiled roof, the library was funded in part by Andrew Carnegie. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

El Dorado, KS Carnegie Libraries


Old Bank

The 1904 limestone building was originally built for Potwin'

Potwin, KS Historic Buildings


City Parks

Library Park - Adjacent to the Library on Highland Street, Library Park has a Gazebo, covered shelter, and playground equipment. South City Park

Towanda, KS Recreation

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