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BUTTERFIELD TRAIL MUSEUM

In this beautiful 1887 renaissance-style building, Russell Springs preserves the rich history of Butterfield's Overland Despatch (BOD) stage line.  Learn about the BOD stagecoach and the route it traveled.

WHEN TO VISIT

SMOKY HILL TRAIL

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The limestone BOD post outside the museum is one of the many waymarkers along the historic Smoky Hill Trail.  In 1865, the trail was the most direct, and most dangerous route from Atchison, Kansas to Denver, Colorado.

HOURS

The museum is open May through Labor Day, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed noon to 1 pm.  Free Admission             
 

LOCATION

515 Hilts, Russell Springs
  785-751-4242

Stagecoach
Stagecoach

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Prairie Buggy
Prairie Buggy

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Jail
Jail

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Stagecoach

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Old Courthouse

THE HISTORY

From 1887 to 1963, Russell Springs was the County seat, and the museum was the county courthouse.   It is the official repository of old county records and history.  The museum was dedicated in 1965 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

 

 

In addition to the displays related to the Butterfield Trail, the museum's collection includes local history, books and periodicals and a fossil collection of specimens from the Cretaceous Period which were found in the area. .  

A prairie home complete with clothing, tools, and furniture used by early plains settlers, as well as the old county jail house are also on the site. 

ON DISPLAY