— SO MANY THINGS
— SO MANY THINGS

TO SEE & DO

TO SEE & DO

WHAT CAN YOU SEE & DO IN PINE BLUFF?

Plenty!

There’s something for everyone. Spend the day visiting the city’s many museums. Visit a few historic homes. Take the kids to the Delta Rivers Nature Center, the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas or the Arkansas Railroad Museum. Attend one of the many events at held Saracen Landing, the Pine Bluff Convention Center or one of the city’s other venues. Scroll on down to learn more about the attractions and events that are uniquely Pine Bluff.

— ATTRACTIONS —

History Comes to Life

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, many Pine Bluff attractions are closed at this time.

Please click on each attraction for more information.

We will continuously update this information as it becomes available.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE PINE BLUFF/ JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past of Pine Bluff and surrounding Jefferson County. Within this fascinating museum, you can discover displays and collections of Civil War and World War II artifacts, Victorian furniture, clothing, quilts and antique dolls, plus tools, relics and cotton farming implements. The Museum is located in the restored Union Station train depot, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 201 E. 4th Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.541.5402




Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE ARKANSAS ENTERTAINERS HALL OF FAME IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Trace the careers of The Natural State’s sons and daughters who have made their mark on the entertainment world. Be greeted by an animatronic statue of Johnny Cash that will entertain you with several original songs. Tour the exhibits of collections that include everything from the works of best-selling author John Grisham to musical instruments owned by the likes of Levon Helm, Jimmy Driftwood, and Art Porter, Jr. Be amazed by the costumes of famous Arkansans such as Jim Ed Brown, Charlie Rich, Tracy Lawrence, and many others. Movie and television fans will be impressed by memorabilia owned or associated with favorite stars such as Jerry Van Dyke’s work with the TV series, “Coach,” Harry Thomason’s work with “Designing Women,” and Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton’s role as Karl in the smash screenplay “Slingblade.” 500 E. 8th Avenue | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.7600 www.pinebluffconventioncenter.com Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Inductees List »




Arkansas Railroad Museum


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE ARKANSAS RAILROAD MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Engine 819, Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, weighs 368 tons, measures 100 feet from front to back, takes 150 gallons of water and 15 gallons of oil just to run one mile of track. If you’re a railroad buff, you won’t want to miss this! Volunteer craftsmen lovingly rebuilt Engine 819, the last 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive built in Pine Bluff. Tours are available year-round. The museum also houses passenger cars, cabooses, and baggage cars all restored to their original splendor as well as many artifacts used during the heydey of steam engines. Special tours can be arranged. 1700 Port Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.535.8819 www.arkansasrailroadmuseum.org




University Museum & Cultural Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The University Museum and Cultural Center is home to the Keepers of the Spirit: The L. A. Davis, Sr. Historical Collection that documents the more than 130-year history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The Museum also features a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits, and other ephemera that document the lives of the people who helped shape the history of the University and the Delta. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | 1200 N. University Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.575.8232 or 8234 www.UAPB.edu/Museum




Pine Bluff Municipal Airport/Grider Field


The Pine Bluff Municipal Airport/Grider Field Airport is located just south of Pine Bluff on US Highway 65 near US Highway 425 and serves as a general aviation facility. The Pine Bluff School of Aviation, established by the U.S. Army Air Corps, trained over 9,000 pilots for World War II. See restored aircraft hangars, barracks, monument, memorabilia and World War II aircraft. Tours by appointment only. Airport Identifier: KPBF 709 Hangar Row | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.534.4131 Admission: Free | Tours by appointment only Grider Field Restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM-2 PM.




Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE DELTA RIVERS NATURE CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Come and experience Arkansas’ first nature center located in Pine Bluff’s Regional Park. The center has 130 acres for exploring nature trails, wildflower areas and a chance to view some of the native wildlife. Indoors find exhibits featuring delta wildlife and history, aquariums with delta fishes and a gift shop with educational environmentally related items. Pine Bluff Regional Park | 1400 Black Dog Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.534.0011 www.deltarivers.com




Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas


EVEN THOUGH THE ARTS & SCIENCE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH APRIL 17, STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PROGRAMMING VIRTUALLY! STAY TUNED TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR STEAM, FROM THE VAULT AND MEET THE CURATOR POSTS AND VIDEOS. ASC offers a diverse schedule of programs for the entire family. See exhibits of art in the galleries with traditional paintings and sculpture to the innovative techniques of today. Turn your kids loose on one of the frequent interactive science exhibits or catch one of the several productions – perhaps a light-hearted musical or a drama. Fun, free, educating and always changing! There’s something for everyone at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. 701 S. Main Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.3375 www.asc701.org




Murals on Main


A refreshing short downtown walking or driving tour of the Murals of Downtown Pine Bluff offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to see this history of the area covering the past 200 years. The murals on the exterior walls of several of Pine Bluff’s downtown buildings are unique, exquisite, and educational. Main Street 1888 - 3rd & Main Main Street as it appeared in 1888 is depicted in the mural painted by Robert Dafford. The mural is a compilation of many historic photographs masterfully interpreted by Dafford. Saracen - Barraque & Main This small mural, also painted by Robert Dafford, is dedicated to the memory of Quapaw Chief Saracen, Rescuer of the Stolden Children and legendary hero of Jefferson County. The Old Fire Station - Between 7th & 8th Avenues on Main Historic photographs of the City Hall and Fire Station, circa 1892, were used by Dafford to paint this mural. UAPB Mural - 2nd & Main Robert Dafford painted his fourth mural depicting the growth of Branch Normal College, which became Arkansas AM&N and is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The mural traces the school's history from 1875 until 1972. The Movie Mural - Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues on Main Michael Wojczuk of Colorado is the painter of this mural paying tribute to two Pine Bluffians who contributed much to the movie industry: Freeman Harrison Owens, who developed sound-on-film technology still being used today, and Max Aaronson who is known to early movie fans as "Broncho Billy" Anderson, the first great cowboy star. The Timber Mural - 5th & Georgia Streets Timber was a big industry in Jefferson County at the turn of the century, David and Susan Kelly Frye of Texas used old photographs from the industry to fashion a composite image depicting logging, train steam engines and saw mills. River Mural - 5th & Pine Street Painted by Alan Wylie of British Columbia from three turn-of-the-century photographs, this mural depicts life on the Arkansas River during another time. The Arkansas Flag - Chestnut & U.S. 65B Returning to Pine Bluff, the Fryes created the mural honoring Willie Hocker, designer of the State Flag of Arkansas. The Auto Club Mural - 3rd & Main All automobile owners in Jefferson County met at the end of Main Street in 1905 to pose for a photograph. Dan Sawatsky of Chemainus, British Columbia, recreated this "Main Event" in the mural. The Delta Heritage - 2nd & Main Depicting scenes in the life of Jefferson County residents between the 1920s and 1940s, Don Gensler of Little Rock painted this mural. John Rust, the inventor of the first mechanical cotton picker, is the main attraction of this mural, along with scenes of the Delta cotton fields. The Medical Mural - 2nd & Main Painted by the Dafford Mural Company of Lafayette, Louisiana, this mural celebrates the history of the past and present medical facilities in Pine Bluff. The mural panel on the left is the Davis hospital, built in 1910 and is located at 11th & Cherry Street, and the right panel is Jefferson Regional Medical Center which opened in early 1960s and continues to serve the needs of patients in South Arkansas. The Grider Field Mural* Grider Field, Pine Bluff's municipal airport, began its existence during World War II as a primary training field for Air Corps cadets. It left a lasting influence on the community. The Grider Field Mural depicts the history and effect the school's operation had on the aerial battles of World War II. It is principally shown in three presentations. Steam Engine 819 Cotton Belt Railroad* Pine Bluff's first rail service began in 1873 with the Pine Bluff, Little Rock and New Orleans Railroad. Later, during the Great Depression, the Cotton Belt Railroad wanted to add to its 800 series of locomotives, and ten of the twenty were constructed in Pine Bluff. Engine 819 can now be seen at the Arkansas Railroad Museum. *Mural no longer accessible.




James Hayes Art & Glass Co.


Pine Bluff native James Hayes is a professional glass blower. Tour his shop and see the treasure trove of extraordinary glass works in an astounding array of brilliant colors and remarkable shapes. Mr. Hayes’ honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament, a commission to design gifts for the 2003 Lt. Governor’s Conference, and a commission to design the 2001 Governor’s Arts Awards. Schedule your tour in advance and Mr. Hayes will demonstrate his glassblowing technique. 2900 Ridgway Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71603 Ph: 870.543.9792 www.HayesArtGlass.com




Saracen Landing Splash Park


The Saracen Landing Splash Park is the perfect place for little ones to cool off on hot summer days! Featuring 78 programmable high-flow jets, LED lighting, changing areas, restrooms and vending machines. Open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily. The splash park is designed for children ages 12 and younger. Available for rentals. 200 Lake Saracen Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.0920 Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free and open to the public.




Saracen Landing All-Inclusive Playground


After visiting our free, family-friendly museums, bring the kids to our All-Inclusive Playground to run off some of their extra energy. Operated by the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, this thoughtfully designed playground provides a safe place where children of all abilities can play together. The play equipment is mostly sensory to offer visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive experiences. See, feel, discover and play together! 200 Lake Saracen Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.0920




Pine Bluff Aquatics Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE PINE BLUFF AQUATICS CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Located at 400 East 11th Avenue and Convention Center Drive, the brand-new $12 million center opened in June of 2019. This 36,000-square-foot facility features and eight lane, 25- yard competition pool, leisure pool with two-story water slide, diving board, children's wading pool, therapy pool, and party rooms. Water aerobics and aqua bikes spin classes are also offered. 400 E. 11th Avenue | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.850.7620 www.cityofpinebluff.com/aquatics




Delta Rhythm & Bayous: Freedom and Blues Exhibition


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE DELTA RHYTHM & BAYOUS FREEDOM AND BLUES EXHIBITION IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Freedom and Blues Exhibition is located inside the Visitors Center at the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 South Main Street. Come see the African American Ingenuity that sparked the Blues from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Greenville, Mississippi. Examine the racial and social forces that shaped the Blues. With visual arts, photographs, records, musical instruments and of course the music, you will experience the incredible narrative that has long been ignored. Jefferson County and Pine Bluff in particular, gave opportunity for a genre that influenced many world renown artist. 615 S. Main Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601





 

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE

History Lives Here

With every period of architecture represented, Pine Bluff is one of the most architecturally significant cities in Arkansas. The city’s commercial buildings, churches, residences, and other spaces are more than just fascinating containers for untold stories of Pine Bluff and the Delta. They are characters every bit as vibrant as the people who occupied them.

Pine Bluff offers a bounty of historical landmarks, with 58 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by these historical landmarks during your next driving tour.

Boone-Murphy-Moore House (c. 1860)


Built sometime before 1861 and first located at 702 W. 2nd Avenue, this home was Union Col. Powell Clayton’s headquarters following the Battle of Pine Bluff in 1863. 714 W. 4th Avenue




Dexter Harding House (c. 1850)


Built in 1850, the restored home is now a tourist information center. Open Monday through Thursday. 110 N. Pine Ph: 870.536.8742




DuBocage Home (c. 1860)


Former home of Judge Joseph W. and Frances Lindsay Bocage and listed on the National Register for Historic Places, this home was restored in 1970. 1115 W. 4th Avenue




Hudson-Grace-Pearson Home (c. 1830)


Located in the historic district of town, this Victorian-style home was the residence of the famous archer, bow hunter and manufacturer, Ben Pearson. Built around 1830 by M.E. Hudson, this private home was the one-time home of W.P. Grace, a delegate to the 1861 Secession Convention and chairman of the committee that drew up the ordinance removing Arkansas from the Union. This home was originally a one-story structure and was altered over the years into a two-story house reflecting the details of the French Victorian style. 716 W. Barraque




Jefferson County Courthouse


Partially burned in 1976, the Jefferson County Courthouse was rebuilt around the center portion of the 1856 building and reopened in 1980. 101 W. Barraque Ph: 870.541.5400




Margland Bed & Breakfast


Winner of the 1985 Historical Preservation Award for Arkansas, Margland consists of four historic Southern homes circa 1879-1907 which have been turned into a delightful bed & breakfast. 703 W. 2nd Avenue Ph: 870.536.6000 www.Margland.net




Martha Mitchell Home


This house was the birthplace (and later residence) of the outspoken Martha Beall Mitchell, wife of former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell of the Nixon Administration. 902 W. 4th Avenue Ph: 870.535.4973 www.atrol.com/Martha




Community Theatre


The Community Theatre, originally built in 1889 as a mercantile store, is the oldest one-screen theatre still operating in Arkansas. In 1922, the building was converted to a silent movie theatre called The Berbig and the name changed to The Community Theatre later that same year. 207 W. 2nd Ph: 870.535.2646




Roth-Rosenzwieg-Lambert House (c. 1894)


Built around 1894 in the Queen Anne style architecture. At one time America’s first cowboy, Broncho Billy Anderson, lived in the house with his sister, Mrs. Roth. 717 W. 2nd




Trinity Episcopal Church (c. 1866)


This magnificent structure, Arkansas’ oldest Episcopal church, is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Among the most prominent features of the church are the Gothic architecture, ornately carved Carrara marble altar and stained-glass windows. 703 W. 3rd Avenue Ph: 870.534.3832




Trulock-Gould-Mullis House (c. 1875)


Built around 1875 by Marshall Trulock in Romanesque Revival style, this house is distinguished by its unusual rounded entrance and three windows with their rounded tops on the second floor. 704 W. Barraque




Saenger Theatre


Located at the corner of West Second at Pine Street, the 1,500-seat, seven-story Saenger Theatre was constructed in 1922. It was one of over 350 theaters in the Saenger theatre chain. 207 W. 2nd Avenue




Merrill School


This five-room schoolhouse, located on land donated by Joseph Merrill in 1886, was the site of a school for African American children.The structure became the general office of the Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Head Start Program during the 1980s. 211 N. Linden .




UAPB Bell Tower


The W.E. O'Bryant Bell Tower occupies a prominent central position on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. It is a three-stage brick structure, with open arches at the base where a fountain once stood. The second stage houses a belfry, and the third a clock. The corners are buttressed, and the levels divided by bands of concrete. The tower was built in 1943-47 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1200 N. University Drive




Taylor Field


Taylor Field is a baseball stadium built in 1939-40 with funding support from the Works Progress Administration and a design by local architect Mitchell Seligman. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. The stadium played host until 1955 to minor league baseball teams, including the Pine Bluff Judges. 1201 E. 16th Avenue




True Vine Missionary Baptist Church


Originally a synagogue built at the turn of the 20th century, this building at 2nd and Poplar St. was the second synaguge built by the Jewish congregation in Pine Bluff. Currently home to a Baptist church, the building retains many of its original historic features, including stained glass windows and beautiful wood trim. 1002 W. 2nd Avenue




Jewel Bain House Number 4


The Jewel Bain House Number 4 is a U-shaped single-story brick structure, with sections covered by separately hipped roofs that have extended eaves with exposed rafter tails. The roof is covered with distinctive tiles imported from Japan. Some windows are covered by wooden Japanese screens. The house was built about 1965, designed by architect Jewel Bain, one of the few female architects working in Arkansas at the time. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. 27 Longmeadow




Jewel Bain House Number 2


This house was constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression. Designed in the Art Moderne style of architecture, it is described as "boxy with stringcourse to emphasis the horizontal lines." It was built for her family. It is believed Bain was inspired in the design by magazines and homes featured in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. It is constructed of steel and includes structural carrara glass. Bain who was a life long resident of Pine Bluff, died in 1996 at the age of 91, designed four houses. She learned on her own how to draw floor plans and hired architects to draw up the blueprints. Bain is cited as being a member of a very select group of women in Arkansas involved in architectural design and may be the only one who has had buildings constructed. This house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. It is located at 3601 South Cherry Street.





 
 

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE PINE BLUFF/ JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past of Pine Bluff and surrounding Jefferson County. Within this fascinating museum, you can discover displays and collections of Civil War and World War II artifacts, Victorian furniture, clothing, quilts and antique dolls, plus tools, relics and cotton farming implements. The Museum is located in the restored Union Station train depot, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 201 E. 4th Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.541.5402




Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE ARKANSAS ENTERTAINERS HALL OF FAME IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Trace the careers of The Natural State’s sons and daughters who have made their mark on the entertainment world. Be greeted by an animatronic statue of Johnny Cash that will entertain you with several original songs. Tour the exhibits of collections that include everything from the works of best-selling author John Grisham to musical instruments owned by the likes of Levon Helm, Jimmy Driftwood, and Art Porter, Jr. Be amazed by the costumes of famous Arkansans such as Jim Ed Brown, Charlie Rich, Tracy Lawrence, and many others. Movie and television fans will be impressed by memorabilia owned or associated with favorite stars such as Jerry Van Dyke’s work with the TV series, “Coach,” Harry Thomason’s work with “Designing Women,” and Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton’s role as Karl in the smash screenplay “Slingblade.” 500 E. 8th Avenue | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.7600 www.pinebluffconventioncenter.com Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Inductees List »




Arkansas Railroad Museum


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE ARKANSAS RAILROAD MUSEUM IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Engine 819, Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, weighs 368 tons, measures 100 feet from front to back, takes 150 gallons of water and 15 gallons of oil just to run one mile of track. If you’re a railroad buff, you won’t want to miss this! Volunteer craftsmen lovingly rebuilt Engine 819, the last 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive built in Pine Bluff. Tours are available year-round. The museum also houses passenger cars, cabooses, and baggage cars all restored to their original splendor as well as many artifacts used during the heydey of steam engines. Special tours can be arranged. 1700 Port Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.535.8819 www.arkansasrailroadmuseum.org




University Museum & Cultural Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The University Museum and Cultural Center is home to the Keepers of the Spirit: The L. A. Davis, Sr. Historical Collection that documents the more than 130-year history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The Museum also features a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits, and other ephemera that document the lives of the people who helped shape the history of the University and the Delta. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | 1200 N. University Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.575.8232 or 8234 www.UAPB.edu/Museum




Pine Bluff Municipal Airport/Grider Field


The Pine Bluff Municipal Airport/Grider Field Airport is located just south of Pine Bluff on US Highway 65 near US Highway 425 and serves as a general aviation facility. The Pine Bluff School of Aviation, established by the U.S. Army Air Corps, trained over 9,000 pilots for World War II. See restored aircraft hangars, barracks, monument, memorabilia and World War II aircraft. Tours by appointment only. Airport Identifier: KPBF 709 Hangar Row | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.534.4131 Admission: Free | Tours by appointment only Grider Field Restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM-2 PM.




Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE DELTA RIVERS NATURE CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Come and experience Arkansas’ first nature center located in Pine Bluff’s Regional Park. The center has 130 acres for exploring nature trails, wildflower areas and a chance to view some of the native wildlife. Indoors find exhibits featuring delta wildlife and history, aquariums with delta fishes and a gift shop with educational environmentally related items. Pine Bluff Regional Park | 1400 Black Dog Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.534.0011 www.deltarivers.com




Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas


EVEN THOUGH THE ARTS & SCIENCE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH APRIL 17, STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE PROGRAMMING VIRTUALLY! STAY TUNED TO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR STEAM, FROM THE VAULT AND MEET THE CURATOR POSTS AND VIDEOS. ASC offers a diverse schedule of programs for the entire family. See exhibits of art in the galleries with traditional paintings and sculpture to the innovative techniques of today. Turn your kids loose on one of the frequent interactive science exhibits or catch one of the several productions – perhaps a light-hearted musical or a drama. Fun, free, educating and always changing! There’s something for everyone at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. 701 S. Main Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.3375 www.asc701.org




Murals on Main


A refreshing short downtown walking or driving tour of the Murals of Downtown Pine Bluff offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to see this history of the area covering the past 200 years. The murals on the exterior walls of several of Pine Bluff’s downtown buildings are unique, exquisite, and educational. Main Street 1888 - 3rd & Main Main Street as it appeared in 1888 is depicted in the mural painted by Robert Dafford. The mural is a compilation of many historic photographs masterfully interpreted by Dafford. Saracen - Barraque & Main This small mural, also painted by Robert Dafford, is dedicated to the memory of Quapaw Chief Saracen, Rescuer of the Stolden Children and legendary hero of Jefferson County. The Old Fire Station - Between 7th & 8th Avenues on Main Historic photographs of the City Hall and Fire Station, circa 1892, were used by Dafford to paint this mural. UAPB Mural - 2nd & Main Robert Dafford painted his fourth mural depicting the growth of Branch Normal College, which became Arkansas AM&N and is now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The mural traces the school's history from 1875 until 1972. The Movie Mural - Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues on Main Michael Wojczuk of Colorado is the painter of this mural paying tribute to two Pine Bluffians who contributed much to the movie industry: Freeman Harrison Owens, who developed sound-on-film technology still being used today, and Max Aaronson who is known to early movie fans as "Broncho Billy" Anderson, the first great cowboy star. The Timber Mural - 5th & Georgia Streets Timber was a big industry in Jefferson County at the turn of the century, David and Susan Kelly Frye of Texas used old photographs from the industry to fashion a composite image depicting logging, train steam engines and saw mills. River Mural - 5th & Pine Street Painted by Alan Wylie of British Columbia from three turn-of-the-century photographs, this mural depicts life on the Arkansas River during another time. The Arkansas Flag - Chestnut & U.S. 65B Returning to Pine Bluff, the Fryes created the mural honoring Willie Hocker, designer of the State Flag of Arkansas. The Auto Club Mural - 3rd & Main All automobile owners in Jefferson County met at the end of Main Street in 1905 to pose for a photograph. Dan Sawatsky of Chemainus, British Columbia, recreated this "Main Event" in the mural. The Delta Heritage - 2nd & Main Depicting scenes in the life of Jefferson County residents between the 1920s and 1940s, Don Gensler of Little Rock painted this mural. John Rust, the inventor of the first mechanical cotton picker, is the main attraction of this mural, along with scenes of the Delta cotton fields. The Medical Mural - 2nd & Main Painted by the Dafford Mural Company of Lafayette, Louisiana, this mural celebrates the history of the past and present medical facilities in Pine Bluff. The mural panel on the left is the Davis hospital, built in 1910 and is located at 11th & Cherry Street, and the right panel is Jefferson Regional Medical Center which opened in early 1960s and continues to serve the needs of patients in South Arkansas. The Grider Field Mural* Grider Field, Pine Bluff's municipal airport, began its existence during World War II as a primary training field for Air Corps cadets. It left a lasting influence on the community. The Grider Field Mural depicts the history and effect the school's operation had on the aerial battles of World War II. It is principally shown in three presentations. Steam Engine 819 Cotton Belt Railroad* Pine Bluff's first rail service began in 1873 with the Pine Bluff, Little Rock and New Orleans Railroad. Later, during the Great Depression, the Cotton Belt Railroad wanted to add to its 800 series of locomotives, and ten of the twenty were constructed in Pine Bluff. Engine 819 can now be seen at the Arkansas Railroad Museum. *Mural no longer accessible.




James Hayes Art & Glass Co.


Pine Bluff native James Hayes is a professional glass blower. Tour his shop and see the treasure trove of extraordinary glass works in an astounding array of brilliant colors and remarkable shapes. Mr. Hayes’ honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament, a commission to design gifts for the 2003 Lt. Governor’s Conference, and a commission to design the 2001 Governor’s Arts Awards. Schedule your tour in advance and Mr. Hayes will demonstrate his glassblowing technique. 2900 Ridgway Road | Pine Bluff, AR 71603 Ph: 870.543.9792 www.HayesArtGlass.com




Saracen Landing Splash Park


The Saracen Landing Splash Park is the perfect place for little ones to cool off on hot summer days! Featuring 78 programmable high-flow jets, LED lighting, changing areas, restrooms and vending machines. Open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily. The splash park is designed for children ages 12 and younger. Available for rentals. 200 Lake Saracen Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.0920 Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free and open to the public.




Saracen Landing All-Inclusive Playground


After visiting our free, family-friendly museums, bring the kids to our All-Inclusive Playground to run off some of their extra energy. Operated by the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, this thoughtfully designed playground provides a safe place where children of all abilities can play together. The play equipment is mostly sensory to offer visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive experiences. See, feel, discover and play together! 200 Lake Saracen Drive | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.536.0920




Pine Bluff Aquatics Center


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE PINE BLUFF AQUATICS CENTER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Located at 400 East 11th Avenue and Convention Center Drive, the brand-new $12 million center opened in June of 2019. This 36,000-square-foot facility features and eight lane, 25- yard competition pool, leisure pool with two-story water slide, diving board, children's wading pool, therapy pool, and party rooms. Water aerobics and aqua bikes spin classes are also offered. 400 E. 11th Avenue | Pine Bluff, AR 71601 Ph: 870.850.7620 www.cityofpinebluff.com/aquatics




Delta Rhythm & Bayous: Freedom and Blues Exhibition


DUE TO COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES, THE DELTA RHYTHM & BAYOUS FREEDOM AND BLUES EXHIBITION IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Freedom and Blues Exhibition is located inside the Visitors Center at the UAPB Business Incubator Building, 615 South Main Street. Come see the African American Ingenuity that sparked the Blues from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Greenville, Mississippi. Examine the racial and social forces that shaped the Blues. With visual arts, photographs, records, musical instruments and of course the music, you will experience the incredible narrative that has long been ignored. Jefferson County and Pine Bluff in particular, gave opportunity for a genre that influenced many world renown artist. 615 S. Main Street | Pine Bluff, AR 71601





 

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