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

Paducah's Riverfront

 
 
Paducah's Riverfront image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Paducah's Riverfront
Inscription. Paducah's Riverfront was a critical break-in-bulk point on the nation's inland waterways system. Cargo from deeper draft vessels, as well as passengers and mail, would be loaded and unloaded on to packet boats that ran regular routes on the Tennessee, Cumberland and Ohio rivers from Paducah. The most famous locally owned packet boats belong to the Fowler Brothers Company. During the heyday of river packets from 1870 to 1915, the Fowler Brothers' boats were among the fastest and best known on the Ohio River. The steamer Joe Fowler operated from 1881 to 1912 and ran from Paducah to Evansville, making the round~trip in 25 hours.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Victor F. Speck, Jr. and Annie Robertson Speck in memory of Fred Speck and Victor F. Speck, Sr. Founders of Paducah Iron Co.
 
Location. 37° 5.27′ N, 88° 35.632′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street. Touch for map. Between construction in the 1940's and Lock and Dam 52. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Construction in the 1840's (here, next to this marker); Lock and Dam 52 (here, next to this marker);
Paducah's Riverfront image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Paducah's Riverfront
May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker); Area riverbeds (a few steps from this marker); Paducah Marine Supply and Service (a few steps from this marker); Marine Ways (a few steps from this marker); First County Seat - Braxton Small (within shouting distance of this marker); Iced Solid - Clear to Illinois! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paducah.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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