History

Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah's rich American heritage can be traced to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Today, visitors can take a journey on America's inland waterways from the era of Paducah's earliest inhabitants to the City's modern day life on the river through captivating stories, interactive exhibits and music at the River Discovery Center.

From the Civil War to civil rights, Paducah's narrative is intricately connected to America's history. Visit the Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum to learn about Paducah's pivotal role during the Civil War. The Hotel Metropolitan provides a look at the lives of famous African American guests during the time of segregation.

Paducah's history is reflected and preserved in its architecture and historic attractions, including the 1905 Market House, Market House Museum and "Wall to Wall" Murals.