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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Butler County, Kansas
Adjacent to Butler County, Kansas
► Chase County (21) ► Cowley County (8) ► Elk County (7) ► Greenwood County (6) ► Harvey County (29) ► Marion County (31) ► Sedgwick County (129) ► Sumner County (26)
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Dedicated to the memory of
those who lost their lives
in the tornado of April 26, 1991,
and those who volunteered
their services in the
Gladys . . . — — Map (db m79200) HM|
This log cabin housed the store of C.N. James, Post Office, Masonic Lodge, Baptist and Methodist Services and Public School taught by L.N. Blood.
by Augusta Historical Society — — Map (db m79202) HM|
The 1885 Frisco Wooden Water Tower was built to service the steam locomotives, supply water for feeding stationary boilers, washing cars, and floors, cleaning out boilers, cooling ashes, fire protection, and similar purposes, at shops, engine . . . — — Map (db m60686) HM|
|In 1879, Beaumont was established as a railroad town. It became one of the most important shipping points in the Flint Hills. Beaumont sat atop the divide that separated Otter Creek and Little Walnut Creek. Westbound trains from Piedmont had nearly . . . — — Map (db m60684) HM|
|The Flint Hills of Kansas are the last remnant of the great Tallgrass Prairie that once stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes. The calcium rich soil of the Flint Hills is renowned for its capacity to quickly fatten cattle in the spring. Beaumont, . . . — — Map (db m60721) HM|
Local lore has it that in 1948 a Wichita businessman wanted to fly into Beaumont to check on his cattle. He asked the hotel if they would block the road for his landing. Since having a plane land in Beaumont was exciting, the residents agreed. . . . — — Map (db m60717) HM|
|These Frisco Ponds were developed in 1885 along with the now historic wooden water tower. The water was used to fuel the steam locomotives traveling west bound on the Frisco Line that had used all their water pulling the steep grade from Piedmont, . . . — — Map (db m60735) HM|
The Historic Beaumont Hotel (Side A)
The Historic Beaumont Hotel was built in 1879 by Edwin Russell. In 1885 the hotel was purchased by the Durham Cattle Company; in 1895 Durham sold the hotel to Reed Church. In 1910, when Charles Church . . . — — Map (db m60623) HM|
Brig. Gen. - U.S. Volunteers
Commander [Mississippi] Marine Brigade
Capt. 59th Ill. Inf. Aug. 20, 1861
Lieut. Col. U.S. Volunteers Apr. 28, 1862
Brig. Gen. Nov. 1, 1862
This marker erected in 1979
at the request of his grandson,
the . . . — — Map (db m56037) WM|
| This is the type of rig used in the 19 teens and into the 1930's during the oil boom in Kansas. Three main sections make up the early rigs: the boiler which was the energy source to power the steam engine that ran the rig; the derrick which was . . . — — Map (db m56040) HM|
To Honor Those Who Serve
Liberty For All
In honor of George F. Austin
for service in the Navy aboard
USS Estes AGC 12
Flag Ship supporting the invasions of
Iwo Jima and Okinawa
witnessing the flag . . . — — Map (db m56220) WM|
| From the former Midland Refinery. Used to burn off gasses as gasoline and propane were transferred from the refinery into the railroad tank cars. ca. 1920's
Donated by: Frontier Refinery — — Map (db m56165) HM|
| This house was built in 1918 at 800½ South Main Street, El Dorado, Kansas, (Gordon's Addition, Lot 5, Block 4) in direct response to the oil boom and the massive amounts of people moving to the area looking for housing. Originally the home was . . . — — Map (db m56166) HM|
|George W. Brown drilled Kansas' first oil well in 1860. Since that time, Kansas oilmen have tested their courage, their fortunes, and their luck in the search for oil in all parts of the state. The Kansas Oil Museum is dedicated to the men and women . . . — — Map (db m56039) HM|
|Honoring those who passed through this depot answering their call to duty during WWII — — Map (db m56390) WM|
| This is a Model K Star Drilling Machine, also called a "spudder".
Drilling machines such as this one were used for two purposes:
1. To drill the initial hole for a rotary-drilled well.
2. To drill a complete oil well at shallow depth . . . — — Map (db m56125) HM|
In honor of
Mrs. Addie Cowley Bradley
who was the first white girl born
in Eldorado Township;
the first in Butler County;
the first in the Fifth District of Kansas.
Born May 4, 1858. Died Feb. 27, 1932.
Boulder furnished by . . . — — Map (db m56038) HM|
| Oil field towns such as Oil Hill and Midian were built and maintained by oil companies such as Cities Service. These towns were fast growing and held an excitment in the early years when people moved in at all hours of the day and night. Life here . . . — — Map (db m56168) HM|
| Once the oil boom began in 1915, men and their families flooded the El Dorado area to find work in the oil fields. Small 2 to 5 room houses were built by the oil companies on land that was leased - thus the lease house or company house. By living . . . — — Map (db m56092) HM|
| Manufactured by the Spencer Trailer Company in Augusta, Kansas. This was used to haul tubing (the narrow pipe located on the trailer) or casing (wider pipe). Tubing and casing is the various pipe that is used inside the hole.
Donated by: Harvey . . . — — Map (db m56127) HM|
With the faith and courage of
their forefathers who made
possible the freedom of these
The Boy Scouts of America
dedicate this replica of the
Statue of Liberty as a pledge
of everlasting fidelity and
loyalty . . . — — Map (db m56179) HM|
Our Freedom Began When in 1776
These Courageous Men Signed
The Declaration of Independence
Father of Our County
The Voice of Freedom
The Pen of Freedom
[Signers of the . . . — — Map (db m56184) HM|
|This machine was probably manufacturing in Chanute, Kansas in the late 1920's. It had been used in Eastern Kansas from the 1920's through the 1950's. This machine was highly portable when completely assembled and moved easily by horses and a . . . — — Map (db m56128) HM|
| This derrick is one of the last wood and steel oil derricks which once dotted the Butler County countryside. It was built in the mid-1940's and is 100 feet high.
Donated by: Larry Crawford
Donors: Joe Degan Pipe & Supply, Albert Hogoboom, . . . — — Map (db m56088) HM|
| Central power units were used to pump oil wells in the early days of the Kansas oilfields. One central power could pump as many as eighteen different wells, some up to half a mile away. In the 1950s producers began to replace central powers with . . . — — Map (db m56130) HM|
| This Cable Tool Drilling Machine, Serial No. 5, was manufactured in Chanute, Kansas by Sutcliffe Pipe & Supply, Joe H. Sutcliffe, owner. Built in early 1949, this is the only known remaining machine.
"The Gypsy" was found on a farm east of . . . — — Map (db m56133) HM|
|Rack contains various cable tool bits such as fishing tools, jars, rope sockets and elevators. These pieces were used with the adjoining cable tool rig. Many of these pieces of equipment were stored at yards and tool houses. — — Map (db m56090) HM|
This railroad tank car has a capacity of 9913 gallons and was built in April of 1929. Used to haul raw crude oil to the refinery.
Donated by: Union Tank Car Company — — Map (db m56163) HM|
This staff dedicated to the Veterans of all United States wars who valorously defended the flag it bears
Stars & Stripes waving here perpetually provided by Fred Priestley Post 1174 Veterans of Foreign Wars
Constructed May 1953
Board . . . — — Map (db m56182) WM|
Dedicated to the memory of
William Allen White
of El Dorado
Kansas' foremost editor
On his one hundredth
February 10, 1968 — — Map (db m40003) HM|
|The town and township lie tucked in the pleasant valley of the Whitewater River, and take their name from the Osage Indian term "many waters." First settler was C.L. Chandler, a returning '49er from the California gold fields who built his cabin in . . . — — Map (db m104028) HM|