kids encyclopedia robot

Bois d'Arc, Kansas facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Bois d'Arc, Kansas
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
Township Bloomington
Elevation
1,224 ft (373 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-07860
GNIS ID 484710

Bois d'Arc boh-dark is an unincorporated community in Butler County, Kansas, United States. It is located about six miles southeast of Augusta in Bloomington Township.

History

Post Office Bodarc (Bois d'Arc) Kansas
Bois d'Arc post office viewed from bridge
Bois d'Arc, Kansas Post Office and Bridge
Bois d'Arc post office and bridge viewed from a dry Little Hickory Creek

The name Bois d'Arc is taken from one of the names for a common tree in the area, the Osage Orange tree. The Osage Indians used these trees to make their bows.

The post office was established December 21, 1892, and was discontinued March 31, 1904.

The nearby Little Walnut River Pratt Truss Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the National Register of Historic Places registration form, the bridge crosses Little Walnut Creek, one mile below where Hickory Creek flows into it. This is on SW 157th Terrace between SW Commanche Road and SW Purity Springs Road. The remains of a grist mill can be found upstream.

The name and spelling of the town was eventually corrupted to Boder. Later, the spelling of the town name changed to "Bodarc" reflecting its present-day pronunciation.

Remaining structures in Bois d'Arc comprise the former post office, a farmhouse, the bridge, and the ruins of the grist mill.

Education

The community is served by Bluestem USD 205 public school district.

kids search engine
Bois d'Arc, Kansas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.