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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The “A” Boom in Paducah

 
 
The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker
Inscription. On October 18, 1950 the U.S. Atomic Energy commission approved the site of the former Kentucky Ordinance Works as the location for a new facility in the nation's rapidly growing nuclear production complex. Construction of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, ten miles west of the City of Paducah, brought sudden change to the community. The local population doubled as the construction work force arrived, retail sales rose from $44 million in 1950 to $94 million in 1953, and school enrollment rose from 8,000 to 12,000 in the same period.

This mural commemorates the dedication of thousands who worked for better plants, a stronger community and a higher quality of life.
 
Location. 37° 5.232′ N, 88° 35.609′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of South Water Street and Kentucky Avenue, on the left when traveling south on South Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dawn of the Atomic Age (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial of Paducah (a few steps from this marker);
The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker
Iron Horse Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Pilothouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Royalty "Red Coats" (within shouting distance of this marker); Christening the Towboat Eleanor (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheel Repair (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
 
Also see . . .  The Paducah Wall to Wall Floodwall Mural Project. Renowned artist Robert Dafford and his team of muralists capture Paducah’s rich history in paintings on the city’s floodwall overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. (Submitted on October 25, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. The "A" Boom in Paducah Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 299 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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