Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Train Depot Steps - Poplar Bluff Missouri


This is a photo of the historic train depot steps in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. I was born in Poplar Bluff, and used to take the train up to visit when I was younger and always loved the way these looked (or how they did back in their day). The depot is located right near the downtown area of Poplar Bluff, and also near Black River that runs through town. The downtown area of Poplar Bluff and surrounding river area was a big 'happening' place back in the early part of the 1900s...

A photo of the historical marker located at the top of the steps is below, and here is the text from the sign:

"Historic Depot Steps

This stairway was built in 1910 by the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad to serve its new depot. The depot and stairway were financed by a $50,000 bond subscription from Poplar Bluffians. Thousands used the steps as the gateway to and from Downtown Poplar Bluff during the era of passenger train travel. The railroad became Missouri Pacific in 1917 and Union Pacific in 1983.

Marker presented by: Butler County Historical Society; Retired Railroad Employees (NARVRE); Mercantile Bank; Rotary Club; Commerce Bank; Mr. & Mrs. J.T.Edwards; Kiwanis Club; Downtown Dev. Corp. and Missouri Pacific Women's Club."

7 comments:

Pat said...

Oh, I agree with you. I love these stairs! What character! Lovely photo. Hope I get to these wonderful places someday!

Pat

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Jana said...

Nice photo. Its great to see something like that kept as a landmark.

Jilly said...

this beautiful staircase looks as if it should be the entrance to a Great House rather than a railway depot. Amazing. Lovely photo.

marley said...

Thats a grand staircase, though I'm not sure about the addition of the handrail.

Wendy said...

I like the steps, too, they have a neat zig zag effect to them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Dusty Lens said...

Now this is a grand staircase!

Lynette said...

Super stairs--I love this photo. Glad you liked my ABC Wednesday post.