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Established: Feb. 27, 1849
Parent County: Wayne
County Seat: Poplar Bluff
Named After: William O. Butler, KY Congressman


Source is: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs.
Transcribed by Donna Walton

In the south-eastern portion of the State, is bounded on the south by the Arkansas State line.
A good portion of the land has been returned as "swamp land", but can principally be reclaimed by drains and levees.
A portion of the south half of the county is frequently overflowed, which until drained makes it unfit for
 permanent improvement, unless it be for cranberry culture, for which both the soil and climate is said to be well adapted,
and from which some farmers can realize handsome profits.
Some of the very best of farming lands are in this county, and, as an old resident says
"there are few localities where farmers can make a comfortable living and lay up money easier than here."
Of timber, the growth on the high ground is principally beech and white oak in the bottoms a mixed growth.
Groves of cypress flourish in the bottoms of the St. Francis, a short distance from Chalk Bluffs.
Felix R. Brunot, of Pittsburg, purchased 1500 acres of very rich hematite iron ore land at Indian Ford,
where he contemplates establishing extensive iron works at an early day. There are other immense beds of iron through the county.
The South-East Missouri Railroad Company, chartered by the last legislature, will pass through the North-East corner of Butler county.
Immigrants and capitalists will find inducements for favorable investment in mineral lands, farming, grazing or manufacturing.
Black River is navigable to within fifteen miles of Poplar Bluff.

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August 2014
Obit for Roland Perkins 

April 2013
Obits: Martin

February 2013
1883 Pensioners
Marriage Announcements: Dillingham-Gibony

January 2013
Obits: Merrill

Surrounding Counties

Wayne County (north)
Stoddard County (east)
Dunklin County (southeast)
Clay County, Arkansas (south)
Ripley County (west)
Carter County (northwest)

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