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

On the Trail of Discovery

By George Lundeen

 
 
On the Trail of Discovery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. On the Trail of Discovery Marker
Inscription.  
As Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wound their way westward, they encountered many indigenous people. The Native Americans portrayed here represent those who helped Lewis and Clark during their travels to the Pacific Ocean. The flag that the child is holding and the Thomas Jefferson medal were gifts given to those original people of America.

Taking artistic license, George Lundeen added Sacagawea coins to the ears of the Native American and Paducah to the map held by William Clark.

It is interesting to note that in 1803, Meriwether Lewis paid $20.00 for his Newfoundland dog, Seaman, but in 1827, William Clark paid only a $5.00 transfer fee for the land where Paducah and McCracken County now stand.

Funding for On the Trail of Discovery was provided by Bill and Meredith Schroeder, founders of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society.
 
Erected by Bill and Meredith Schroeder.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
 
Location. 37° 5.335′ N, 88° 35.799′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jefferson Street and North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in front of the National Quilt Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Jefferson Street, 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. Lewis and Clark in Kentucky McCracken County / McCracken County (within shouting distance of this marker); National Quilt Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); $5 Bought Paducah (about 500 feet away); Flanking the Statue of Chief Paduke (about 600 feet away); General William Clark Public Market (about 600 feet away); Hank Bros and Jones Hardware (about 600 feet away); The Telephone System (about 600 feet away); Broadway, Paducah's Main Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
 
Lewis and Clark "On the Trail of Discovery" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Lewis and Clark "On the Trail of Discovery"
Meriwether Lewis and his Newfoundland dog Seaman image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. Meriwether Lewis and his Newfoundland dog Seaman
Meriwether paid $20 for his dog and Clark only $5 for the land of Paducah.
"On the Trail of Discovery" Native American image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
4. "On the Trail of Discovery" Native American
"On the Trail of Discovery" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
5. "On the Trail of Discovery"
The flag that the child is holding and the Thomas Jefferson medal were given to those original people of America.
"On the Trail of Discovery" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
6. "On the Trail of Discovery"
Map of Paducah held by William Clark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 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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