Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
A Quick Stop
— Trail of Tears National Historic Trail —
With the black scorch of burned riverfront warehouses before them, the Cherokee on the Drane detachment moored at Paducah in July 1838. The waterfront was still recovering from a great fire two months earlier. The Cherokee detachment had traveled west overland from Tennessee and boarded boats at Waterloo Landing, Alabama, to follow the rivers to Indian Territory.
The overland journey had been difficult and by the time they reached Paducah they were far off schedule and needing supplies. At the same time, merchants were scrambling to meet supply deadlines such as those for the Cherokee. Fortunately for Drane, river commerce was booming and the boat only stopped in Paducah long enough to resupply.
Received Paducah Kentucky 17th July 1838 of Capt. G.S. Drane U.S.A. and disbursing agent for the Removal and subsistence of Cherokee Indians one hundred and eight dollars and thirty and a half cents in full of the above account.
Receipt from Merchant McPherson Martin (below).
Creek Removal and Owen's Island
Lt. Edward Deas, US Army Disbursing Agent, December 28, 1835
"For the use of the Emigrating Cherokee Indians…for the Removal and subsistence of the Indians…" The purchase included cornmeal, beef, and salt.
Every supply needed to move a large group of people over several months-food, clothing, shelter-was acquired. This transaction included fabric, scales, a matlock, needles, and cotton balls.
Awful Conflagration, Paducah, KY, in Ruins
"…our beautiful and flourishing town has been visited by a most afflicted Providence. A fire broke out…on Thursday morning, the 3rd inst…which has consumed all the buildings on Water and Cross Street…"
Western Banner, Extra, Paducah, Friday, May 4, 1838
Erected 2019 by City of Paducah, National Park Service & Trail of Tears Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 4, 1838.
Location. 37° 5.232′ N, 88° 35.597′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on The Foot of Broadway east of South Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near Paducah's Riverfront park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200-298 S Water St, Paducah KY 42003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. They Passed This Way (here, next to this marker); Paducah's Railroad Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (a few steps from this marker); Dawn of the Atomic Age (a few steps from this marker); The "A" Boom in Paducah (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial of Paducah (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Horse Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ride Round The Rivers / Paducah Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on October 11, 2019; this was when the city of Paducah hosted the Trail of Tears conference.
Also see . . . Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. From the National Parks Service's website. (Submitted on August 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.