|PB Main Street Scenes|
|All the photos on this page are of our Main Street. From the earliest dirt street photos to the 1950's you can see how the looks of the town changed. Earlier photos show Main as a two-way street, even as late as the 1940's. Judging from the age of the automobiles, it looks like Main may have become one-way in the 1950's. Every photo on this page may be clicked to view full size. Some are larger than others... check them out for yourself.|
|IN THE TWO PHOTOS ABOVE, MAIN STREET APPEARS TO BE UNPAVED|
|The two photos above are of the exact same scene. One is larger than the other, and has been colorized more, with the hanging sign airbrushed out. The sign was an advertisement for the W.D.B.A. Store on the right-hand side of the photo. W.D.B.A. stands for
"Wright Dalton Bell Anchor." Also see W.D.B.A. photo below right.
|This photo abive appears to be at approximately the same place as the two above, except without the traffic or crowd.
The Letterhead Below, from the WDBA Store, lists the company officials and the types of merchandise they sell.
|This is looking North, and the gazebo on the right is on the lawn of the courthouse that was destroyed in the tornado of 1927.|
|This view is looking south on Main. The church on the right is First Presbyterian, and the church on the left is First Christian. The dome in the background is part of the pre-tornado courthouse.|
|Here, we are looking north. Notice the mix of buggies and cars, and that they parked at an angle instead of parallel parking. We believe the white building on the left to be the Ducker or Dunn Hotel near the depot steps. (See Hotels & Railroads pages.) The spire on the building in the center of the picture is the same one that you see in the top two photographs.|
|In the photo above and the photo below, we are looking north, with the Ducker/Dunn Hotel on the left.|
|This is the intersection of Main and Vine. Notice the traffic light in the MIDDLE of the street. The blonde brick building on the right was known as the State Bank. Later it became Commerce Bank, and today it is a counseling facility.|
|The buildings on the right in the foreground stood in the location of the bank's present-day parking lot. The store on the left, Gambles, moved to the Valley Plaza Shopping Center when it was built in the 1960's. This photo appears to have been taken in the 1950's.|
|Please e-mail us with your feedback, or if you have vintage Poplar Bluff photos to contribute to the site.|
|The Wright Dalton Bell Anchor Department Store, at the corner of Main and Poplar sold all the necessities: wagons, buggies, harness, saddles, and building supplies. An additional view is below|