The Full Wiki

Poplar Bluff, Missouri: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Poplar Bluff, Missouri
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Gateway to the Ozarks, The Bluff, PB
Location of Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°45′35″N 90°24′10″W / 36.75972°N 90.40278°W / 36.75972; -90.40278
Country United States
State Missouri
County Butler
 - Mayor Loyd Matthews
 - Total 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 - Land 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 17,096
 Density 1,438.9/sq mi (555.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 63901-63902
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-59096[1]
GNIS feature ID 0751712[2]

Poplar Bluff is a city in Butler County located in Southeast Missouri in the United States. It is the county seat of Butler County[3] and is known as "The Gateway To The Ozarks" among other names. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 16,651; a 2008 estimate showed the population to be 17,096, an increase of 2.67%.

The Poplar Bluff Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of all of Butler County. The city is at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 60 and U.S. Highway 67.



Poplar Bluff is located at 36°45′35″N 90°24′10″W / 36.75972°N 90.40278°W / 36.75972; -90.40278 (36.759808, -90.402731),[4] along the Black River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²), all of it land.

Poplar Bluff takes its name from a bluff that overlooks Black River. When first settled, the bluff was covered with poplar trees. The Butler County Courthouse and the offices of the Daily American Republic newspaper sit on this site. Poplar Bluff lies along an escarpment separating the Ozark Foothills from the Mississippi embayment in Southeast Missouri. The foothills lie to the north and west and the embayment is to the south and east. The surrounding area is commonly known as the "Three Rivers" with many local organizations and businesses using the name. The three rivers—Current River, Black River, and St. Francis River—are 40 miles apart with Poplar Bluff conveniently located right in the center on the Black River.


Hernando de Soto's exploration party were the first European visitors to the Poplar Bluff area. When De Soto crossed the Mississippi River in 1539, he traveled to a point below the mouth of the St. Francis River and eventually passed thhrough present-day Butler County. De Soto and his men traveled through what is now Ash Hill and passed just outside of Poplar Bluff.

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. During this time the area of Poplar Bluff, as well as all of Butler County, held almost no European settlements up until 1819, when the first white settler family moved into the Poplar Bluff area. It was reported that about 300 Native Americans resided in the area at that time.

The earliest permanent settlements in what is now Butler County occurred in the early 1800s along the Natchitoches Trail, an old Native American Trail west of what is now Poplar Bluff on Ten Mile Creek and Cane Creek. Butler County was organized in 1849 and Poplar Bluff was chosen as the county seat. In 1855 the first courthouse was built and the town grew. Finally, on February 9, 1870, Poplar Bluff was incorporated.

In 1927 a tornado leveled most of the city, especially the original business district along Main and Broadway streets.


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there were 16,651 people, 7,077 households, and 4,295 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,438.9 people per square mile (555.7/km²). There were 7,871 housing units at an average density of 680.2/sq mi (262.7/km²).

The racial makeup of the city was 87.04% White, 9.71% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population. According to a 2008 demographic study conducted by Claritas, Inc., there are an estimated 26,777 people who live within a five-mile radius of Poplar Bluff’s City Center.

There were 7,870 households out of which 52.7% were married couples living together, 20.28% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.9.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.7 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,068, and the median income for a family was $28,744. The per capita income for the city was $13,996. About 19.3% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.


Public Schools

The Poplar Bluff R-1 School District serves the educational needs of most of the residents of Poplar Bluff and the surrounding area. There are seven elementary schools, one junior high and one senior high school in the school district.[5] During the 2008-2009 school year, there was a total of 4,934 students and 374 certified staff members enrolled in the Poplar Bluff R-1 School District. The school colors are maroon and white and its mascot is the mule. Athletics offered in the school district include boys' and girls' basketball, soccer, track, cross country, and tennis; boys' baseball, golf, football, and wrestling; and girls' softball, volleyball, cheerleading, and swimming.

Elementary Schools

Secondary Schools

Private Schools

Poplar Bluff is also home to six private schools that serve both the educational and religious needs of students and their families.

  • Agape Christian School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School
  • Southern Missouri Christian School
  • Thomas M. Lane Seventh-day Adventist Church School
  • Westwood Baptist Academy
  • Zion Lutheran

Colleges and Universities

Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) is located in Poplar Bluff and provides college courses along with career and technical programs. TRCC offers the same freshman- and sophomore-level classes as many four-year public universities. The school colors are yellow and black and its mascot is the Raider. TRCC Basketball Coach Gene Bess has more NJCAA wins than any coach in history.

Notable people



External links

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address