Railway siding, police station and soldiers memorial hall
Proclaimed in 1884, Bute was named after the Isle of Bute in Scotland. The Yorke Peninsula township has been built on its location because of a railway siding with water. It now services the surrounding agricultural industry, however, a couple of historical buildings can still be seen around town.
The railway station, together with an unloading platform, was established to assist with the transportation of supplies and produce, as well as wood for the nearby copper mines and smelters. At harvest time, bagged grain was delivered to the siding and stored in its yards. The railway served the purpose of long-distance travel too. Journeying from Bute to Adelaide used to take a whopping eight hours! It's just under two hours (140 kilometres) by road nowadays. Inevitably, the construction of roads led to the railway station's closure in 1979. The silo near the siding has been painted if you're keen on checking it out.
About 25 years after the town was surveyed, a police station finally came into being next to the hotel. It incorporated a court house, lock-up and horse stable. One constable at a time was posted here to serve the community. Today, the premises house a heritage centre where you can find historic items, memorabilia, art and craft. Next to the police station was a power house with a 25 HP engine built to supply electricity to the town's residents.
Another building worth mentioning is the soldiers memorial hall. Erected in 1922, it commemorates those who served in World War I. A roll of honour can be found in the foyer. And, while you're there, why not also visit the war memorial garden located to the left of the hall.