I started by going to Google Maps. I put Butler, Missouri in the search box and when the map came up, I selected street view. I was now able to “drive” around Butler. Google Maps took me to the corner of W. Ohio and North Dakota. I knew I was on the town square so I decided to drive around it. You can do it too, just click on the link.
I turned left on North Dakota, left again onto West Dakota, left on North Main, left onto West Ohio. As I drove around I was able to see the stores and businesses that were on the square. There were a variety of different stores—a dress shop, print shop, quilt shop and a second hand store. There were also businesses like a realtor, attorney, insurance agent and chiropractor.
You can see the Courthouse in the middle of the square.
As I got to the corner of West Ohio and Main—there was the old Palace Hotel, which was built by my grandfather.
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Too bad this was a virtual tour as I really would like to be able to spend some time there.
So,if you really want to see what a place is like, you can do what I did, visit it virtually.