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Poplar Bluff is a city in Southeast Missouri, just east of the Ozarks.


Poplar Bluff is within an area of Missouri with a rich and diverse background. Confederate forces freely roamed this area during the American Civil War, leading to a multitude of stories and points of interest. There are several historic homes and building that have been preserved in this town as well as a certified Sear's house on Main Street. This area is very much about history and the continuation of its heritage. It is also fiercely striving to become The Crepe Myrtle Capital of Missouri.

Get in[edit]

Map of Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff is on a main highway, US 67. It runs the length of the town, running north to south.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the major mode of transport. Some Mark Twain National Forest Areas offer horse trails, hiking, and bike paths. There is also a Municiapal Airport that offers charter flights.


Margaret Harwell Art Museum
  • Poplar Bluff's permanent attraction is the rivers and forests surrounding it.
  • It also has two golf courses and several museums including the Margaret Harwell Art Museum (located within a historic residence on Main Street) and Mo-Ark Regional Railroad Museum.
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 1:56PM local time and lasts 4 min. The chances of a clear sky are 45%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico, Texas and Arkansas across the southeast corner of Missouri, then on into Illinois and Indiana.


The Current and Black Rivers offer water recreation, camping, hiking, and several annual events. Wappapello Lake also hosts a major speed boat competition every year.


Shopping is still rather limited at this stage. There are a few shopping centers and a Historic Downtown Area that offers small boutiques offering varying items from musical equipment to office supplies to furniture and gifts. Poplar Bluff is an expanding town and may develop more diverse shopping opportunities as it progresses.


Poplar Bluff has several national chain franchises as well as locally owned, mom and pop style diners (Hayden's BBQ).


Poplar Bluff offers several bars, a dance club, and adult entertainment clubs located outside city limits.


There are national chain hotels and motels along with a few privately owned inns. There are also cabins to be rented along the rivers and lakes.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Poplar Bluff
DallasLittle Rock  SW  NE  St. LouisChicago
SpringfieldVan Buren  W  E  SikestonPaducah
St. Louis via Imperial  N  S  SearcyLittle Rock
SpringfieldAlton  W  E  END

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