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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
April 10, 2008
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A lost cause
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Rundown street one block from the County Courthouse


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One of the best looking buildings in town. Much of it is empty or for rent


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If you look closely, you will see that there are no real people here - the place is so deserted they have taken to painting families on the walls!


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Barraque Street, named for Antoine Barraque, soldier of Napolean and one of the earliest settlers in the county, is right at the center of town


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Sadly, even the Courthouse clock has fallen prey to the hard times and permanently indicates ten after two


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The bottom left hand office of this largely vacant building is the soup kitchen for veterans and the homeless. It opens a few hours a day during the week


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In sharp contrast, this rambling center for Arts and Entertainment has proudly been built with taxpayers money by the whim of the city fathers


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Another irony is the United Way edifice. With their lofty target of squeezing 1-1/4 million dollars from the needy residents of Pine Bluff, they have thoughtlessly spent at least this much on their comfortable quarters. Did someone say "Charity begins at home"?


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The Coroner's Office is decorated with a small mural of Chief Saracen, leader of the erstwhile local indian tribe. If I didn't know better, I might have thought this a little off color


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And then there are the murals... Local building owners probably fight over the right to be a mural bearer in order to get their building painted at taxpayer expense


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During WWII and later during the Korean War,, a local airfield was used for light aircraft pilot training


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The local college has been promoted to a University of Arkansas Campus and is depicted here


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More views of better days on the Drug Store wall


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Trolley cars are a thing of the distant past but the city does boast one of the largest meeting and convention centers in the state. One might ask why?


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Freeman Owens and "Bronco Billy" Anderson were Pine Bluff residents, both engaged in the early days of movies. Freeman was instrumental in early sound movie technology and held 200+ patents. Bronco Billy became the first western genre hero


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In 1905, all of the cars in Jefferson county were assembled on Main Street for no other purpose than that. Still, gas was cheaper then


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1892 Pine Bluff Fire Station


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A view down Main Street to the Courthouse


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Commemorating railway travel through cotton country


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The only trains seen nowadays are freight haulers that frequently roar through town, sometimes at alarming speed


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Having determined that the Band Museum was no more, we turned our attention to the Rail Road Museum


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Ultimately we did not venture in, since to do so would have required parking the RV in this mud patch. Not too appealing
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