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

Area riverbeds

 
 
Area riverbeds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Area riverbeds Marker
Inscription. Area riverbeds are rich with mussels whose shells, when polished, have a luster suitable for processing into "pearl" buttons. In the late 19th century, mussels were harvested by brailing from the river bottoms; they were then cooked in vats for meat removal, and the shells were stockpiled on the riverbanks for shipment to the button factories. For many years, shell~diggers camps and hugh piles of shells could be seen along the banks of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. The pearl button business became an important local industry when Capt. Lois Igert, Sr. moved his family to Paducah in 1920, and established the McKee Button Co. on S. 3rd Street. By 1928, National Button Producers Association proclaimed Ingert's business "the largest producers of freshwater buttons in the world".
 
Erected by Sponsored by the children of Louis and Imogene Igert: Jan Igert Ranna, Mary Igert Shoup, Louis Igert III, Martha Igert Boldgett. In memory of their grandparents Captain Louis and Emma Vawter Igert.
 
Location. 37° 5.264′ N, 88° 35.628′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street. Click for map. Between Lock and Dam 52 and Paducah Marine Supply and Service. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Area riverbeds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Area riverbeds Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paducah Marine Supply and Service (here, next to this marker); Lock and Dam 52 (here, next to this marker); Wheel Repair (a few steps from this marker); Paducah's Riverfront (a few steps from this marker); Construction in the 1840's (a few steps from this marker); Christening the Towboat Eleanor (a few steps from this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker); Marine Royalty "Red Coats" (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
 
Also see . . .  Mussels. The common name mussel is used for members of several families of clams or bivalvia mollusca, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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