The City of Butler is located on US 6, 15 miles east of Interstate 69 and minutes from Ohio.
Population 2,684 (Source: 2010 census)
HISTORIC: The City of Butler was founded in 1841, but not named Butler until the time of the Civil War, in 1866. The city’s prosperity was mostly due to the railroad industry. Built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Italianate and Arts & Crafts styles influence many of Butler’s commercial structures. The district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The Downtown Butler Historic District encompasses most of the town’s historic commercial resources.
AMENITIES: There are many recreational activities available in Butler. Maxton Park, Mason Park, Hathaway Park, and Southside Park include playgrounds and programs for baseball, softball, and football. For the youth of the Butler area, the Filling Station Youth Center is located in Butler. It offers a BMX bike course, basketball, roller skating, billiards, volleyball, foosball, air-hockey, ski-ball, board games and pinball. The Butler Public Library completed a major expansion in 2009.
The Heartland Festival has been held every summer for years. It is generally held the second Friday and Saturday of July. It includes events such as the Engine and Tractor Show, Kids Fun Day, the Annual Cruise-In Car Show.
Downtown Butler is scheduled for several infrastructure improvements in 2014 and 2015, including new area water mains, and sidewalk and streetlight replacements.
EDUCATION: Butler is part of the DeKalb County Eastern School District. Elementary students attend the new Butler Elementary School. Junior High and High School students attend Eastside High School. Butler’s Public Library offers a variety of programs for children and adults.
GOVERNMENT: The mayor is the head of the city, with city council members meeting the first and third Monday of each month. Butler government offices moved to the rennovated Thompson Block Building in 2012.
EMERGENCY SERVICES: The Police Chief heads a Police Department of seven officers and seven reserve officers. The Butler Fire Department provides protection for several local townships. It is directed by the Fire Chief, who commands an all-volunteer fire department of twenty five firemen and five reserve firemen.
INDUSTRY: the Butler Industrial Corridor is located just southwest of the city limits. Industry in the Butler area includes Air Products, DeKalb Molded Plastics Heidtman Steel, Magic Coil, MultiMatic, New Millennium Products, Noble Processing, Paragon Steel, Steel Dynamics and ThermaTru and Tri-Wall as well as several other industries.
TRANSPORTATION: Norfolk and Southern Railroad services the Butler area.
UTILITIES: Water and sewer service are provided through the City of Butler, electric utility service is available through Indiana & Michigan Electric and NIPSCO is the natural gas provider.
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