Welcome to Butler, MO, the "Electric
City." Butler was the first city west of the Mississippi to have
electric power. It is also the oldest continuously operated municipal
electric utility in the United States.
Known as the city where the Civil War began, Butler is rich with the
culture that built America. Our million-dollar Bates County Museum of
Pioneer History complex can start you on a trip through time from the
original settlers through the Civil War.
Situated in western Missouri on U.S. 71 and Missouri 52 Highways,
Butler invites you to explore the many shopping opportunities from
antiques to freshly baked goodies. It is easy to extend your visit
south to Rich Hill to visit the Old World Mennonite Village and Store,
or north to Adrian to see the Frontier Village, or further north to
major cities. Butler is also the "gateway" to the Branson area, Truman
Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks.
While in Butler, take time to drive
our historic square on original brick streets or
take a walking tour of the square and view many nearby historic homes.
Visit the Bates County Courthouse where the first electric lights
shone in 1881, with it's
quilt-pattern tile floors.
Gazebo on the court house
lawn, Butler Square
The Butler Area Chamber of Commerce and
the City of Butler are sure you will find Butler a great place to
raise a family, spend a day or expand your business interests.
If you have any questions or anything we can help you with, feel free
to drop by the Chamber Office for a warm welcome, current event and
business information. Enjoy your visit!