Bois d'Arc, Kansas

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Bois d'Arc, Kansas
Unincorporated community
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
Bois d'Arc is located in Kansas
Bois d'Arc
Bois d'Arc
Bois d'Arc is located in the US
Bois d'Arc
Bois d'Arc
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 37°35′47″N 96°55′31″W / 37.59639°N 96.92528°W / 37.59639; -96.92528Coordinates: 37°35′47″N 96°55′31″W / 37.59639°N 96.92528°W / 37.59639; -96.92528[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
Township Bloomington
Elevation[1] 1,224 ft (373 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-07860 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0484710 [1]

Bois d'Arc is an unincorporated community in Butler County, Kansas, United States.[1] The town is a few miles south and east of Augusta, Kansas. It is located in Bloomington Township, Butler County, Kansas.


Bois d'Arc post office viewed from 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.[2]

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.[3] The remains of a grist mill can be found upstream.[4]

The name and spelling of the town was eventually corrupted to Boder.[5] 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.

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