Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Bluff is a city
United States. It is the county seat of Butler
County and is also known as "Gateway To The
Bluff takes its name from the bluff that overlooks the Black River from the west
side. When first settled, the bluff was covered with poplar trees.
Some locals refer to the city as simply "The Bluff." The bluff itself is a
distinct landmark separating the Ozark
foothills from the lowland Mississippi
embayment of Southeast Missouri. North and west lie the
foothills, south and east the lowlands.
surrounding area is commonly known as the "Three Rivers" with many local
organizations and businesses using the name. The three rivers; Current
River, and St. Francis River are 40 miles apart, with Poplar Bluff right in the center on the
Black. Black River features Clearwater Reservoir upriver from Poplar Bluff and
50 miles away by road. The outlet of the dam is one of the places in Missouri
where the spoonbill catfish can
be found. Current River, part of the Ozark
National Scenic Riverways, lies to the west and is home
to Big Spring.
Industrial Park is located on the 'South Side" and is home to Briggs and
Stratton, Gates Rubber, Team USA, and other factories. The Bluff Falls Water
Park is also located on the South Side. The "Sale Barn" also lies on the South
Side. Every Friday sees a livestock
there and the grounds feature a large outdoor flea market selling everything
from apples to hunting dogs. The Airport is located on the East Side of town on
Hwy B or old 60 East Hwy.
identity of the very first European visitor to the Poplar Bluff area is
Hernando DeSoto. DeSoto landed at Tampa Bay in May of 1539. Later he crossed the
Mississippi River. He then traveled to a point below the mouth of the St.
Francis river, and into Butler County. DeSoto and his men traveled through what
is now Ash Hill and passed just outside of Poplar Bluff. Later, the French were
the first Europeans to assert any territorial rights over the Poplar Bluff area.
The French held the area until 1770, when it was ceded by treaty to Spain. Spain
held the area until 1802 when it was returned to France. Throughout this time
the area of Poplar Bluff, as well as all of Butler County, held almost no
European settlements up until 1819. When this first white settler family moved
into the Poplar Bluff area in 1819, it is reported that about 300 Native
Americans resided in the area.
Population (year 2000): 16,651.
Estimated population in July 2006: 17,059 (+2.5%
States (15.3%), German (11.8%), Irish (10.7%), English (8.3%), Dutch (2.7%),
Races in Poplar Bluff:
- White Non-Hispanic (86.4%)
- Black (9.7%)
- Two or more races (1.7%)
- Hispanic (1.3%)
- American Indian (1.3%)
Income & Housing Costs
Estimated median household income
in 2005: $23,400 (it was $22,068 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo
value in 2005: $60,900 (it was $50,200 in 2000)
Land area: 11.6 square
per square mile--low.
In-Depth Facts and
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