Poplar Bluff is a city located in Butler County, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 16,651. It is the county seat of Butler County.
The Black River Colosseum and the Three Rivers Community College are located in Poplar Bluff. Poplar Bluff. The city was founded as the county seat in 1849. The city was placed on the bluffs of Black River. It consisted of about 150 acres. The 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 who assert any territorial rights over the Poplar Bluff area. The French held the area until 1770, when it was ceeded by treaty to Spain. Spain held the area until 1802 when it was returned to France. Througout this time, the area of Poplar Bluff as well as all of Butler County, held almost no European settlements. Until the year 1819 when Solomon Kittrell, a native of Kentucky settled on Cane Creek. On cane creek, Kittrell took up a large tract of land, built a home, erected a distillery and established a store (or trading post). His supplies were brought in by ox teams from Cape Girardeau. When this first white settler moved into the Poplar Bluff area, it is reported that about 300 Native Americans resided in the area.
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First United Methodist ChurchTraditional, contemporary and casual service schedules, and contact information.
Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of CommerceCommunity calendar, map, demotraphics of Poplar Bluff.
Poplar Bluff Police DepartmentIncludes public resources, local information, frequently asked questions, and employment.