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

Paducah 1937 Flood

 
 
Paducah 1937 Flood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Paducah 1937 Flood Marker
Inscription. While the river has usually been Paducah's best friend, flood waters turned it into the community's enemy in 1884, 1913, and again 1937. The area's most devastating event of the twentieth century was the flood of 1937 when 90% of Paducah was covered with flood waters. Over 27,000 residents were evacuated. After six weeks of rain in the Ohio River Valley, the river crested at 60.8 feet, nearly 11 feet above the elevation of this present sidewalk. National Geographic featured a photo of a cow on the second story porch of a Lower Town neighborhood home. following the flood, a 12.5 mile flood wall was erected to protect the city. (From flood photographs)
 
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Location. 37° 5.347′ N, 88° 35.68′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of North Water Street and Jeffferson Street, on the right when traveling north on North Water Street. 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 walking distance of this marker. Strawberry Capital of the World (here, next to this marker); Broadway, Paducah's Main Street (here, next to this marker);
Paducah 1937 Flood Marker & Mural image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Paducah 1937 Flood Marker & Mural
The Telephone System (a few steps from this marker); Illinois Central 2613 (a few steps from this marker); Flanking the Statue of Chief Paduke (a few steps from this marker); Barkley/Cobb Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire Station #5 at 17th and Broadway (within shouting distance of this marker); The August 8th Emancipation Celebration at Stuart Nelson Park (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 November 16, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
12½ Mile Flood Wall image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. 12½ Mile Flood Wall
Ohio River image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
4. Ohio River
The Paducah Wall to Wall Floodwall Mural Project image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
5. The Paducah Wall to Wall Floodwall Mural Project
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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