Downtown Butler Walking Tour

Stroll through the historic streets of downtown Butler and learn about the stories of the many people, businesses, and events that made Butler the place it is today.

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 courthouse, constructed in 1855, to ruins. Planning…
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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 on the front says “Lafayette,” but this building…
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On July 4, 1894 in Butler, Pennsylvania, a crowd gathered in Diamond Square for the dedication of the Silent Defender’s Monument. There to accept the monument was Captain George W. Fleeger, who spoke these words: “This monument which we to-day dedicate is to the memory of all who gave up their…
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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 today, was established in 1813. Today the edifice…
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