On May 18, 1934, two teams made up of local ball players, the Bernohr All-Stars and the Vessel All-Stars, played the inaugural baseball game at the historic grounds of Pullman Park. The game featured Butler's Mayor, George Thompson, who pitched for…

Though the rest of the city has grown up around it, the Historic Lafayette Apartments building was Butler’s first skyscraper, originally the Butler County National Bank. Its facade is constructed in the French Renaissance Revival style, and the sign…

Emma Guffey Miller left a long-lasting legacy on Slippery Rock University’s campus, in large part due to her national political affiliations. A native of western Pennsylvania, Miller attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, graduating with a…

Everyone has heard the saying “the best thing since sliced bread.” Although this phrase did not originate from Diehl’s Bakery, the company jumped at the chance to incorporate its new, modern “Ready Sliced Bread” in 1929, making it the only seller of…

If you have walked down Main Street in Butler anytime within the last 110 years, you’ve most likely seen or passed under a red and white striped awning jutting out above the sidewalk. A look through the painted windows will tell you that this is…

On March 8, 1803, the founding fathers of Butler County plotted ground designed for a church lot. The county seat designated this space for a future congregation. The First Presbyterian Church, or Covenant United Presbyterian Church as it is known…

In 1829, Jewish settlers, predominantly from Germany, began moving to the Butler area, drawn by its growing prosperity. Another wave of Eastern European Jews immigrated to the area in the early 1900s, as the newly-established Pullman Standard plant…

The Butler Eagle, whose headquarters are situated at 114 Diamond Street in Butler, Pennsylvania, is the county’s oldest running newspaper. Tracing its roots as far back as 1869, the paper remains at the forefront of technological innovation. Thomas…

It was mid-afternoon on an especially cold December day in 1883 when some people reported that they saw flames rising from the basement of the newly renovated courthouse. The flames quickly engulfed the structure and brought the Butler County…

As the fourth of July approaches every summer the people of Butler anxiously await the nine days of fun that surround the Butler Fair. It’s a place where the family-oriented lifestyle of the country blends together with the dazzling lights of city…

Today the Penn Cinemas is an abandoned building, a ruin that calls back to the time of bright marquee signs and silver screens. The Paramount Theater's Service Corp., based out of Altoona, constructed Penn Cinemas in 1938. James E. Casale designed…

Over a hundred years ago, World War I began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Great War was the end of an era and the beginning of another. The years after the war would see the rise of the Jazz Age, Women’s suffrage,…

On October 16, 1937, Slippery Rock University's North Hall caught fire and burned to the ground, all because of one unfortunate ox. October of 1937 was a big month for Slippery Rock. As of October 6th, six thousand letters had been sent out to…

Just off of South Eberhart Road in Butler Township is an eighty-eight acre English garden, unchanged since 1959: Preston Park. The park was originally created, cultivated, and finally given to Butler by Frank and Jane Preston, a couple who left…

When you think of amusement parks near Western Pennsylvania, places like Kennywood, Idlewild, or Conneaut may come to mind. In the early twentieth century, Butler boasted its own escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a five-cent,…

March 31, 1943 Flight Cadets arrived in the small town of Slippery Rock to receive training at the local teachers' college for the war that Americans had been entangled in for two years already. Upon stepping onto the campus, the Cadets were greeted…

While thousands of men were being killed on the battlefields of Europe in the fall of 1918, many more men, women, and children were being killed worldwide; not by combat, but by something invisible to the naked eye. The Influenza Epidemic of 1918…