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

First County Seat - Braxton Small

 
 
First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker
Inscription. Established in 1827, Wilmington served as the first County Seat. During the flood of February 1832, Braxton Small, serving as the first County Court Clerk for McCracken County (1825-1858), removed all records to Paducah from the original Courthouse in Wilmington. He is shown loading the skiff boat, putting the records in a “cracker barrel” which he used as a filing cabinet, with the important papers under his Beegum hat to keep them dry. He also served as a trustee of Paducah, selling the property to the County where the present Courthouse is located. His marriage was the first recorded in Paducah, to Grace Walters, a beautiful woman who gave birth to the first girl officially born in the county. He was a founder in Paducah's first bank. “The Exchange Bank”. They are interred at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Eric T. Small in memory of Erica Hilary Small.
 
Location. 37° 5.282′ N, 88° 35.64′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street south of Broadway Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 S Water Street, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker
walking distance of this marker. Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! (here, next to this marker); Marine Ways (here, next to this marker); Chickasaw Tribe in Kentucky (here, next to this marker); Woodland and Mississippian Indians (a few steps from this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker); Paleo and Archaic Indians (a few steps from this marker); Construction in the 1840's (a few steps from this marker); Paducah's Riverfront (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.) 
 
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First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
3. First County Seat ~Braxton Small Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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