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Buter County, Pennsylvania celebrates its bicentennial. By the staff of the Butler Eagle. Home of the Jeep, Huselton, first American compact car (Baby Austin), Taylorcraft and aviation history. The Local History Comapny.  
Title: Butler County Pennsylvania Celebrates Its Bicentennial.
Author: The staff of the Butler Eagle,

List Price: $39.95, ISBN 0-9711835-0-3

Includes 240 photos,
maps, and illustrations.
ISBN 0-9711835-0-3, © 2001, 240 photos, maps, and illustrations. Bibliography and name plus subject index. 6 x 9 in., 448 pages, softcover, 24 per carton per carton. Subject categories include non-fiction, history, local history, Butler County PA, Pennsylvania history, genealogy, heritage, newspapers, transportation, steel, aviation, automobiles, and railroads.


Butler County, An American Story:

The county's story in many ways is typically American. European immigrants soon supplanted Native Americans, and the waves of settlers that populated the eastern seaboard found their way here, especially from Ireland and Germany. Eventually, African-Americans from the South found their way through the region, and some stayed on. Asians began to find their way to Butler County in more recent years, adding to the "stew" of life.

The authors take the reader on a compelling journey through 200 years of Butler County history and the article style of the work makes it very approachable and easy to browse. This is terrific book for anyone with a connection to Butler and for anyone interested in a slice of genuine Americana.

Butler County, Home Of:

  • The Jeep, the first American compact car (the Baby Austin), and the Huselton.
  • The Taylorcraft Airplane and the first lit runway in the U.S.
  • 75% of the oil drilled in the world during the mid-1800s.
  • The Pullman railroad car.

Plus the famous. . . and the infamous:

  • General Richard Butler, Revolutionary War Hero and county namesake.
  • John Roebling, the engineering genius behind New York City's Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The Rev. Loyal Young, who hid runaway slaves in the crawl space of his church.
  • "Lanny" Pride, horticultural genius.
  • Standard Steel cofounder "Diamond" Jim Brady.
  • Sam Mohawk, murderer and recipient of quick justice.
  • Simon Girty, Indian agent and misunderstood Revolutionary War Scout.
  • A host of other leaders, heros, and outlaws, ....

. . . . and even Agent 99, international super-spy.


  • Butler County might not seem like a place of rip-roaring adventure today, but back in the wilderness times circa 1770 and after, it was the scene of several movie-type thrillers.
  • While Butler residents had ideas for car designs, including the original Jeep, there never was a Henry Ford or the facilities here to produce the millions of cars the American public demanded over the years. Residents, however, did have ingenuity and the willingness to try on their side, and by the end of the 1950s, Butler County had produced five different car lines that have added to this country's love affair with the motor vehicle.
  • Petrolia, built around the site of the "Fanny Jane," (oil well) quickly swallowed up the village of Argyle and launched itself as one of the most open and lawless towns of the oil country. Within its boundaries the criminal element that infested every oil town flourished under the leadership of such notorious characters as Ben Hogan.
  • ....a conventional evening dinner for ("Diamond Jim") Brady started off with a gallon of orange juice just to whet his appetite. This was followed by six dozen oysters, a large cut of mutton smothered with a half-dozen venison chops, a roasting chicken with caper sauce, a brace or so of mallard or canvasback ducks, partridge or pheasant, and a 12-egg souffle topped off with a five-pound box of the richest chocolates. Reputable sources witnessed Jim's eating 45 ears of corn at a single sitting.

About the Authors

The staff of the Butler Eagle saw the Butler County Bicentennial as an opportunity to do something different from the newspaper's usual routine - explore the past and involve the public. Readers responded in droves with old photos and stories; reporters and editors found material long forgotten and a legacy of accomplishment unknown to the average reader.

Writers and editors from each of the paper's "beats" provided the core research and writing. Residents contributed recollections, the Butler County Historical Society added input, and additional material was compiled from other County histories and the newspaper's Sesquicentennial Edition of 1950. The photos and stories that flooded in are included in these pages, as they were when they first appeared in the paper's special Bicentennial Edition published on July 4, 2000.

NOTE: Author royalties for sales of this title are donated to the Butler County Historical Society and the Butler County Federated Library System.

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