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About Butler County
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  • Butler Eagle Information
  • Local Businesses
  • North Washington Rodeo
  • Wiest Audiology and Professional Hearing Aid Service
  • Butler County Memorial Park
  • Green Valley Gifts & More
  • Bulldog Garage Builders LLC
  • A-Notary
  • The Beacon
  • Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau
  • Hutchinson's Dry Cleaners
  • Moses Jewelers
  • Spectrum Insurance Services
  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Superior Ambulance Service
  • Cranberry Village / Forest Park
  • Life Butler County
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered Inc.
  • BHS Faster Care
  • Snack n Pack
  • XTO Energy
  • Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School
  • Lifesteps
  • Penn United Technologies Inc.
  • Hefren-Tillotson
  • Butler Smiles Dental Care
  • Conlon Tarker
  • Center for Community Resources
  • Butler Area Rural Transit
  • Community Builders Group
  • A-Tech
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Butler County Community College
  • HouseMaster
  • Mars National Bank
  • Pediatric Therapy Professionals, Inc.
  • Quality Carpentry
  • Marburger Farm Dairy
  • Skander Tire
  • Cooper Station Restaurant
  • Vein Institute of Pittsburgh
  • R.W. Petruso Hearing & Audiology Center, Inc.
  • Kennedy-Meeder Insurance, Inc.
  • Dr. Michael S. Vactor, D.C.
  • Lake Forest Gardens
  • Battery Warehouse Plus
  • Stirling Landscaping Nursery
  • Sweeper City
  • Gold's Appliance
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Butler County Symphony Orchestra
  • Trader Horn
  • Grand Rental Station
  • Northwest Bank
  • Heritage Elder Law & Estate Planning, LLC
  • Quality Life Services
  • Purvis Brothers / Jiffy Lube
  • Penn Fencing Inc.
  • R.W. McDonald & Sos
  • Schneider's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Autobody Products Inc.
  • Monday's Shoe Store
  • Best Insurance
  • Joe Pierrel Auto Inc.
  • Fred Vero Photography
  • Bickner Financial Services
  • Clair Boring Painting & Services, Inc.
  • Butler County Federated Library System
  • Parkers Appliance
  • Butler Eyecare / Chicora Eyecare
  • Butler Gymnastics Club / Butler Dance Center
  • Concordia Lutheran Ministries
  • Institute Hill Pharmacy
  • Butler County DA 24 Hour Drug Tip Line
  • Villa Grande Ristorante & Pizzeria
  • Pediatric Alliance P.C.
  • Small Parts Machine Inc.
  • Alameda Park
  • Golf Etc.
  • Mental Health Association
  • First Commonwealth Mortgage
  • Kennihan Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Peter's Chocolate Shoppe
  • Ritenour Equipment Center
  • Double Image Styling Salon
  • Sarver Animal Hospital
  • Butler Transit
  • Vena Health and Wellness
  • Saxony Health Center
  • Bill's Interior Grooming
  • Butler Ambulance Service
  • Cummings Candy & Coffee
  • Cafe Contrary
  • Butler Montessory School
  • Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy
  • The Workingman's Store
  • Pizza Hut
  • Style-Rite Kitchen Sales
  • Harmony Organ & Piano Studio
  • Pets in the Park
  • Oesterling's
  • Benjamin Beetle Clothiers
  • Stock and Patterson Attorneys at Law
  • Robert Stephens Custom Jewelers
  • Cranberry Hearing & Balance
  • Ed Matteson, Northwood Realty Services
  • Tanglewood Bingo
  • Lutheran SeniorLife
  • Max C. Smith Company
  • Ellen O'Brien Gaiser Center
  • Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
  • Butler County Community Development Corporation
  • Campbell's Notary Service
  • Butler County History

    Butler County was formed by an act of the Assembly of Pennsylvania on March 12, 1800, by severing a portion of land from Allegheny County.

    When the county was founded, it had a population of 3,916.

    The county had four townships at the time: Connoquenessing, Buffalo, Middlesex and Slippery Rock. Now it has 33 townships.

    Gen. Richard Butler was the county's namesake, although he never actually visited what is now Butler County.

    Butler, who was born April 1, 1743, in Carlisle, Cumberland County, fought in the Revolutionary War and was killed in action in 1791 by the Miami (Ohio) Indians.

    Some historical publications say Butler was born in Northern Ireland and his parents later migrated to Pennsylvania.

    By another act of the Assembly on April 2, 1803, the county was organized for judicial purposes.

    As part of the original founding in 1800, the seat of justice was to be not more than four miles from the center of the county.

    So in 1803, the formation of 502,400 acres which comprise Butler County were completed. Of this land, 300 acres were laid out for the borough of Butler, the county seat. Today, Butler is a city.

    In March 1803, the legislature passed another act that appointed John McBride, William Elliot and John David as trustees for the county and gave them the power to lay out the county seat.

    Butler County's first commissioners were Matthew White, James Bovard and Jacob Mechling. They became commissioners in 1803.

    By 1820 the county's population had grown to 10,193.

    The borough of Butler had at least six taverns, a blacksmith shop, quarries, a grist mill, the Butler Academy, a Presbyterian church and a courthouse, which opened in 1807, according to “Concise History of Butler County Pennsylvania 1800-1950,” written by J. Campbell Brandon in 1962.

    The county's first courthouse was built in 1803. The second was built in 1853, remodeled in 1877 and destroyed by fire in 1883.

    The current courthouse was built in 1885-86 and improved in 1907.