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‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff
‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.

Beautifully restored murals lined the streets of the downtown district; a banner stretched across the front of the picturesque courthouse, announcing the 175th anniversary of the city; bright yellow flowers and picnic areas adorned the layout; and a multitude of residents were sitting at Saracen Landing, enjoying the day, their lunch, and even fishing. A lot of hard work has gone into restorations and beautification; I could sit and stare at some of the architecture in this city for hours. Sure, some buildings still need some TLC, but my visit was extremely enjoyable.

(See more photos: http://on.kthv.com/1jIiTDx)

PINE BLUFF REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

I started off my trip by visiting the Chamber of Commerce to meet some of the people who are working hard to encourage businesses in Jefferson County and spur economic development. Currently, the city has a plan in place to restore more of the murals and buildings in addition to trying to lure new jobs into the area.

More about the chamber: http://on.kthv.com/1phqSqG

Upcoming events: http://on.kthv.com/1lH4lQh

DELTA RIVERS NATURE CENTER

The Delta Rivers Nature Center is a place many people suggested looking into. Offering trails, exhibits, and classes, the nature center is a fantastic place to take children for an educational experience and some time with the great outdoors.

The center lets children watch animal feedings around 11 a.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends in addition to offering boating classes and hunter education courses. Some upcoming events and programs include All about Alligators, Plant Swap, and Hummingbirds of Arkansas.

Calendar of events: http://on.kthv.com/1t0a3AV

Eric Maynard, director of the Delta Rivers Nature Center, also informed me that the center had a new 3D archery range on site that is open during regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. You can walk to the range from the nature center down Black Dog Road.

Other info: http://on.kthv.com/1mbiNmM

(Seriously, go check out the eagles!)

MURALS

I’ll admit it. I probably spent a lot more time walking around in the heat than I should have. I spent a lot of time mural hunting and taking in the various projects going on all over the area. Quite a few of them can be found in our photo gallery (http://on.kthv.com/1jIiTDx), but all of them can be found on the following link along with the histories and explanations behind each of them: http://on.kthv.com/TzALWK

SARACEN LANDING

The landing overlooks Lake Saracen. During my visit, I noticed several people sitting in the shade along the lake’s edge, enjoying the day and chatting over lunch. A couple of gentlemen were evening fishing off the banks of the lake.

The area is home to the Saracen Landing Farmer’s Market (http://on.kthv.com/1tqC3Q7) and serves as a venue for meetings, concerts, weddings, reunions, car shows, and other events.

Rental info: http://on.kthv.com/TzAN0I

TOURISM CENTER

The Dexter Harding House, built in the 1850s and once a part of the first sawmill in Pine Bluff, serves as a tourist information center. If you’re planning on a day trip, this would be a great first stop. They have plenty of brochures on things to do in the city and a walking tour pamphlet for the city’s murals.

History of the Dexter Harding House: http://on.kthv.com/1qZ4M0E

The PB Community

Pine Bluff had a population of about 50,000 people at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat in Jefferson County and is home to UPAB, Southeast Arkansas College, and the Pine Bluff School District in addition to several theaters; sports courts, fields, and golf courses; museums, parks, pools, a transit service, and a skating rink. It also serves as a hub for healthcare facilities in southeast Arkansas.

Further details: http://on.kthv.com/1ni4Yqh

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