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Situated along the Black River, and at the crossroads of US Route 60 and US Route 67, in southeastern Missouri, Poplar Bluff is the county seat of Butler County. Although Hernando de Soto’s exploration party passed just outside the area that was to become Poplar Bluff in 1539, no European-Americans are known to have settled the area until 1819. Butler County was organized in 1849, and Poplar Bluff was designated the county seat, and named for the poplar trees that grew along the bluffs of the Black River. By the start of the Civil War, only about ten families were residing in the community. Poplar Bluff was incorporated in 1870. Poplar Bluff is located southeast of Loma Linda and west of the small community of Junland. A portion of the Mark Twain National Forest is north of the town.


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