Meet the Electric City! From cattle to coal mines, border ruffians to businessmen, and rockets to railroad schemes, the air around Butler, Missouri, has crackled with energy since the settlement's establishment in 1856.
Ravaged by Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers and consumed in 1863 by the flames of General Order No. 11, the settlement rose from the ashes in the late 1860s and 1870s to become a hub of culture and commerce at the western edge of the "Show Me State." In 1881, the capital of Bates County went electric. It became one of the first municipalities west of the Mississippi to generate its own power, outstripping Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Station in Manhattan by almost a year.
A quiet little community with a loud and vibrant history, Butler is the quintessential example of the American small-town experience.
Highlights of Around Butler:
• Traces development of Bates County government and the successive “foundings”
• Focuses on Butler’s power generation and its effect on the development of commerce and industry in the area
• Shares the impact of the Civil War (and other war efforts) on Butler’s development
• Showcases the area churches and the importance of religion to the area
• Illustrates the recent history of Butler, development attempts and the 2010 “Butler Shine On” event
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
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