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

Dawn of the Atomic Age

 
 
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Marker
Inscription.  Urgency was the order of the day, as construction of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, TVA's Shawnee Steam Plant, and Electric Energy Inc.'s Joppa, Il Steam Plant all began early in 1951. Recognizing the importance to national security, workers of the region pulled together to meet the nation's needs. That tradition of service to the nation continues today. General Chemical, now operating as Honeywell-Metropolis Works, was added to the group of associated plants in 1958 to provide uranium conversion services for the diffusion plant from Metropolis, Il.

This mural commemorates the dedication of thousands who worked for better plants a stronger community and a higher quality of life.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, Cold. A significant historical year for this entry is 1951.
 
Location. 37° 5.229′ N, 88° 35.607′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of South Water Street and Kentucky Avenue, on the left when traveling south on South Water Street. Located in front of the train. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
The dawn of the Atomic Age image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. The dawn of the Atomic Age
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8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The "A" Boom in Paducah (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (here, next to this marker); Paducah's Railroad Heritage (here, next to this marker); A Quick Stop (a few steps from this marker); Iron Horse Memorial (a few steps from this marker); They Passed This Way (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial of Paducah (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.
 
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 October 25, 2011.) 
 
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plants Marker
Dawn of the Atomic Age is next to the last mural in front of Train.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 552 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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