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Life-size bronze statue honoring the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, the first uniformed all Black American unit to fight in the Civil War. The unit fought in the October 1862 Battle of Island Mound, also known as the Battle of Fort Toothman.
This fully restored 1901 courthouse is on National Register of Historic Places. It is made of Carthage marble. See the moonface clock tower, catwalk, statues of Lady Columbia and Lady Justices, tile quilt-pattern floor. View the 1863 Order No. 11 picture and murals.
This is the largest geneaology library in Bates County. It features an extensive digital collection, and DSL is available. Open year-round; free admission.
Artifacts from Osage arrowheads to Minuteman Missiles trace the history of the area. Bates County is home of the Battle of Island Mound that was fought in October 1862 and marked the first time African-American soldiers fought in the Civil War when the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry fought local guerrillas. A large mural and three interpretive panels tell the story of that battle and of Order No. 11.
Eight exhibit rooms and a large TimeLine Room show how people lived and worked: American Indian artifacts; Civil War; coal mining; pioneer memorabilia; veterans and other displays. Sci-Fi legend Robert Heinlein, born in Bates County, is highlighted.
A one-room schoolhouse can be toured. There is a barn for agriculture displays.
Open April-October. Closed holidays.
The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat, nearly a year before the battle depicted in the film "Glory."
Battle of Island Mound State Historic site encompasses Camp Africa, where the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry camped in 1862 before a pitched battle with pro-Confederate forces near a low hill named Island Mound.
Information at the site details the battle, as well as the effect that the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry has on later Union decisions to allow African-American units to fight.
The park is located in Bates County, west of Butler, at the junction of County Road 1002 (also called Marth Road) and County Road 5001 (also called Cooper Road).
Fully furnished home for your exclusive use. Large covered porch, sunroom, three bedrooms (two with queen bed; one with twin beds), two-and-a-half baths, fully equipped kitchen, grill, quiet neighborhood, off-street parking. Weekly rates available. Brochure with photos available.
We will assist you with directions, referrals for lodging, dining, tourism, tours, and other information. Maps, postcards and brochures available.
Caplinger Mills River Front Resort is nestled on the banks of the Sac River at the Historic Caplinger Mills Bridge and is a quiet place to get away from it all. Sitting on a little more than 15 acres, our resort is bordered by the Sac River and a classic Ozark creek, both of which are perfect for those who like to rock hunt, fish, swim, canoe or just poke around in the woods.
We offer accomodations ranging from rustic tent camping to full amenity lodging. Our Historic Mill House and cabins are situated along the peaceful Sac River. Our serene location welcomes guests to relax and enjoy the river breezes.
This area offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the Ozarks, and is quite a history lesson: The Mill was built in 1842 by John Caplinger. It was burned down several times, twice during the Civil War by Shelby's Raiders. The remaining Mill Ruins, as well as the Dam and Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bridge has been restored with decking and acts as a center of activity for the local fishing community.
Rates include free local calls and data phone. FEMA compliant. At the juntion of Routes 71 and 52.
Family dining. Steaks and barbecue. Weekend breakfast buffet; daily lunch specials; evening specials on Fridays and Saturdays; taco Tuesdays. Seating for 295. Smoking and no-smoking areas. Catering. A meeting room and a sports bar are on-site.
Fresh made breads, bakery items and sandwiches. Soups in winter; salads in summer. Seating capacity is 40. This is a no-smoking establishment.
Chinese and American foods are featured on a buffet. There is seating for 70 people.
A 640-acre, 1890's living history farm to showcase rural life with demonstrations, foods, music and nature conservancy, seven miles NE of Butler. Tours by appointment only. Special events throughout the year. Open year round.
Butler is the birthplace of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. The library addition houses memorabilia and original books, including "Starship Troopers" and "Puppet Master." Heinlein is most famous for "Stranger In a Strange Land."
Clean, family friendly motel. Daily and extended stay rates available.
Home-style cooking, specializing in all-you-can-eat fried chicken on Thursdays and smoked meats, steaks, boiled shrimp and fried catfish on Fridays. Restaurant seats 135. A meeting room is available. No smoking.
Super 8-Butler hotel is conveniently located off the Route 71 and Route 52 Junction. Our hotel, in historic Bates County, offers easy access to ample recreation activities, and is located an hour south of Kansas City.
Begin your morning with free SuperStart continental breakfast, and enjoy checking email with free Wi-Fi Internet access from the comfort of your room. Each room includes a microwave and refrigerator. We offer free oversized-vehicle parking and guest laundry service for your convenience. Kids 17 and younger stay free, with an adult, at our pet-friendly Butler hotel.
More than 100 flowering trees line the half-mile trail, which also has benches and is surrounded by flowers. Take a walk to experience the love and memories that fill this trail.
Painted repurposed furniture, antiques, home decor
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