Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Historic River Front
Here the Tenn. River flows into the Ohio. Owen's Island opposite Kentucky Ave. There in 1779 George Rogers Clark's small army landed to prepare for its defeat of the British in the Illinois country. In 1780 Col. John Donelson landed 30 boats with 30 families that had floated down river from east Tenn. After stopover went up Ohio and Cumberland, founded Nashville. Over.
Here Capt. Nicholas Roosevelt's New Orleans made port, 1811. First steamer to ply the rivers from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. In 1861 Union troops under Gen. U. S. Grant landed here to occupy Paducah for duration of the war. Clara Barton arrived, 1884, on the "Josh V. Throop" during American Red Cross' first major flood relief operation. Over
Marker presented by Downtown Paducah Kiwanis Club.
Erected 1967 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1065.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 5.287′ N, 88° 35.635′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on Broadway Street east of South Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at Paducah's Riverfront park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Broadway St, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chickasaw Tribe in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); First County Seat - Braxton Small (a few steps from this marker); Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! (a few steps from this marker); Woodland and Mississippian Indians (a few steps from this marker); Marine Ways (a few steps from this marker); Federal Occupation of Paducah (a few steps from this marker); Paleo and Archaic Indians (a few steps from this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.