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

Iron Horse Memorial

 
 
Iron Horse Memorial Marker (obverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Iron Horse Memorial Marker (obverse)
Inscription.  (obverse)
This Mikado type steam locomotive is dedicated to Illinois Central men and women, past and present, and to the importance of the railroad to Paducah's history and commerce. No. 1518 is the last "Iron Horse" owned by the ICRR. Engines built or rebuilt in the Paducah shops many years until 1960, played prominent role in the age of steam. See other side.

(reverse)
Locomotive donated by Illinois Central Railroad.

Maintenance funds provided under leadership of the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council.

Sponsored in 1964 by the Parks, Playground and Recreation Department, the City of Paducah.

See other side.
 
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 794.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker and memorial is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1518.
 
Location. 37° 5.227′ N, 88° 35.62′ W.
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Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and South Water Street, on the right when traveling east on Kentucky Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The "A" Boom in Paducah (a few steps from this marker); Dawn of the Atomic Age (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (a few steps from this marker); Paducah's Railroad Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial of Paducah (within shouting distance of this marker); A Quick Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); They Passed This Way (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pilothouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
 
Iron Horse Memorial Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Iron Horse Memorial Marker (reverse)
Iron Horse Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, August 10, 2020
3. Iron Horse Memorial
Wide view of marker. Historical levee murals and locomotive in the background
Train Engine donated to Paducah by Illinois Central Railroad image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
4. Train Engine donated to Paducah by Illinois Central Railroad
Iron Horse train engine, box car and Little Red Caboose. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
5. Iron Horse train engine, box car and Little Red Caboose.
Iron Horse Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
6. Iron Horse Memorial Marker
To Perpetuate Memories of the days of the steamLocomotive this engine was presented to the city of Paducah in 1863 by the Illinois Central Railroad Co. for future maintenance the peple of west Kentucky contributed to a trust fund sponsored by the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO area council.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on August 18, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.   4, 5, 6. submitted on September 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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