|Black River has always been an important part of the history of Poplar Bluff. It was important for transportation, food, and recreation.
This photo was reportedly taken in 1916, making it pbjhs.com's oldest photo of the river so far.
|This is the Pine Street bridge over Black River, just east of the courthouse. Notice that the photo is in black-and-white, but that the sky has been colorized. Also, notice how
un-citylike the east side looks.
|These four photos are the City Light and Water Works, Waterworks Park, and Bathing Center of Poplar Bluff. In other words, electricity was generated here and this is where the city got its drinking water. Doesn't this seem like an INTERESTING place for people to swim??? It would surely make you take a close look at that next glass of water!|
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|These photos show that at one time, many houseboats were on the river. The photo on the right shows what appears to be a water tower on the horizon, as it seems to be much fatter than the smoke stack in the photos above. For another view of the "water tower," see the Street Scenes pages.|
|Three different views of the old steel Vine Street bridge, which has been replaced with a concrete structure... Before the Pine Street bridge was built, this was the only bridge for automobile traffic to cross the river.|