Monday, September 10, 2012

Following in their footsteps - Brick Streets of PB

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You may not be able to walk a mile in your ancestor's shoes, however, you can walk the same routes and cross intersections made of bricks in downtown Poplar Bluff just as they did a century ago.

The Butler County Historical Society has a wonderfully informative page on their website chronicling the decisions and progress of building the now historic brick streets.  Articles from the Daily American Republic, along with stories from residents, provide the historical context of the times.

The plaque above, located at the corner of Oak Street and Main Street on the grounds of the library, was presented by the Poplar Bluff Rotary Club to the Poplar Bluff Historical Commission in 1990.

If you're interested in learning about the brick streets in greater detail, the articles cited on the Butler County Historical Society's website are available to be viewed in their entirety on microfilm at the library.

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