Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Erected by Paducah Junior Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 793.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 4.734′ N, 88° 37.243′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on Jefferson Street near North 19th Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forrest's Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Reuben Saunders (1808-1891) (approx. half a mile away); Grave of John T. Scopes / Scopes "Monkey Trial" (approx. half a mile away); Irvin S. Cobb (approx. half a mile away); Wacinton (approx. 0.9 miles away); Grace Episcopal Broadway Methodist (approx. 1.1 miles away); Tilghman House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Paducah, Kentucky. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Jackson Purchase. (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Nostalgiaville entry for Paducah, KY. Images and info from Nostalgiaville (Submitted on January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Paducah is located on the Ohio River below the mouth of the Tennessee River. Paducah boasts more historic markers than any other city in Kentucky. Landmarks include the legendary Chief Paduke statue, 19th & Jefferson; Wacinton carved Indian statue, Noble Park; Steam Locomotive No. 1518, downtown; and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument.
Union General U. S. Grant occupied Paducah on September 6, 1861, building a pontoon bridge across the Ohio River to the Illinois shore. Fort Anderson was built and named after Kentuckian and Fort Sumter commander Major Robert Anderson.
The organizer of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton, came to Paducah March 13, 1884, on the steamboat "Josh V. Throop" to help direct relief work during the Ohio River flood. Relief boats traveled from Pittsburgh to Cairo in the first flood relief operation of the American Red Cross.
— Submitted January 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
2. The adjacent sculpture of Chief Paduke
The adjacent sculpture, titled "Chief Paduke," was sculpted by Lorado Taft and dedicated May 19, 1909. It was relocated to this site on June 3, 1937. Made from Georgia marble, it stands five feet tall on a seven foot tall stone base.
The sculpture commemorates Chief Paduke, for whom the city was named. It was commissioned by the Paducah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for $3,000, at the suggestion of the Paducah chapter's regent, Mrs. E. G.
Source: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
— Submitted January 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
Additional keywords. United States Colored Troops
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