The photo of the stairs (once known as 'The Iron Mountain Stairway' - you
can barely see the tiled roof of the depot in the lower right edge of the
photoAn interesting notation involving these
stairs can be found in the book'Complete History of Butler Co., MO' by
Robert Forriester, page 196, he gleened this tidbit from the local
newspaper: 'August has become a popular loafing place. Women complain of
having to step over them." (The reporter counted 58 loafers on the stairway
that joined Main Street.)'
The sign at the top of the stairwell says:
Historic Depot Stairs
This stairwell was built in 1910 by the St. Louis Iron Mountian and Souther 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 during the era of passenger tain travel. The railroad became Missouri Pacific in 1917 and Union Pacific in 1983.