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

U.S. Marine Hospital Service

 
 
U.S. Marine Hospital Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. U.S. Marine Hospital Service Marker
Inscription. Founded by an act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Hospital Service was the first federal-level mechanism to provide public health care and disease prevention in the U.S. These hospitals were constructed at key river and sea ports across the nation to provide health care for merchant marine sailors and to monitor and gate-keep against pathogenic diseases. Over time, the hospitals of the service expanded to provide a key monitoring and gate-keeping function against pathogenic diseases and continued with research and prevention work as well as the care of patients. Built in 1853, this Paducah location features one of seven, similarly designed by world renowned architect, Robert Mills (best known for designing the Washington Monument). Mills was the first professionally trained architect born in America. The Paducah design was the smaller of two versions, housing fifty patients. Fort Anderson was constructed around the hospital which burned in the fall of 1863.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Gerry Biggs Montgomery to honor her husband, Dr. Wally Montgomery.
 
Location. 37° 5.19′ N, 88° 35.584′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street south of Kentucky Avenue, on the left when
U.S. Marine Hospital Service Mural image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. U.S. Marine Hospital Service Mural
traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 S Water St, Paducah KY 42003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Evening Roll Call" (here, next to this marker); Riverside Hospital at Fort Anderson (here, next to this marker); A Century of Library Service 1904-2004 (a few steps from this marker); Union Labor (a few steps from this marker); Western Baptist Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Atomic City (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn of the Atomic Age (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 22, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicScience & Medicine
 
U.S. Marine Hospital Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. U.S. Marine Hospital Service Marker
Between Riverside Hospital and Boy Scouts (Evening Roll Call) Murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 18, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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