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Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah attirbutes the city's origins and prosperity to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. The River Discovery Center, a Save America's Treasures project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is housed in Downtown's oldest standing structureand offers state-of-the-art exhibits highlighting the history and habitats of the Four Rivers Region.

The focal point of Paducah’s abundant architectural treasures, the 1905 Market House tells the story of a town that has survived tremendous challenges, including the Battle of Paducah during the Civil War and the disastrous 1937 flood. The William Clark Market House Museum, located inside the Market House, provides a glimpse of Paducah’s rich and colorful history.

 

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Hotel Metropolitan

  • 724 Oscar Cross Dr.
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 443-7918
  • Region: Upper Town
A "Save America's Treasures" project, this 1908 hotel has been restored as an African-American heritage museum. Famous African-American sports figures and entertainers, including Louis Armstrong, Duke… more

Legendary Chief Paduke Statue

  • 19th & Jefferson St.
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Region: Mid Town
Legend has it that General William Clark, who founded Paducah, named it in honor of the "Padouca" Indians, a subtribe of the Chickasaw who lived and hunted in the area until the Jackson Purchase in… more

Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum

  • 631 Kentucky Avenue
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 575-5477
  • Region: Historic Downtown
1852 Greek Revival home owned by Sons of Confederate Veterans was once the residence of Gen. Lloyd Tilghman, CSA. Exhibits highlight Western Kentucky's role in the War Between the States. This… more

Paducah "Wall To Wall" Murals

  • Water Street, Jefferson-Washington Sts.
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 443-8783
  • Toll-Free: (800) PAD-UCAH
  • Region: Historic Downtown
Visit Paducah's thriving riverfront and take a self-guided tour of Portraits from Paducah's Past depicting Paducah's rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals by renowned artist Robert… more

Paducah Cell Phone Walking Tour

  • 128 Broadway
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 854-3050
Just dial, listen and experience Paducah's rich history through the many historic and architectural treasures of earlier times.… more

Paducah Railroad Museum

  • 200 Washington Street
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 908-6451
  • Region: Historic Downtown
A project of the Paducah Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society showcases equipment and memorabilia from the romantic past of America's railroads. New simulator gives the sensation of… more

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

  • 1900 Park Ave.
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Region: Mid Town
Monument commemorates the life of Dr. King.… more

River Discovery Center

  • 117 S. Water St.
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 575-9958
  • Region: Historic Downtown
A "Save America's Treasures" project housed in Downtown’s oldest standing structure, the River Discovery Center celebrates Paducah's maritime legacy and lore. Interactive exhibits tell the story of… more

Steam Locomotive No. 1518

  • So. Water Street & Kentucky Avenue
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Region: Historic Downtown
A Mikado steam engine, the last "Iron Horse" used by the I.C.R.R., serves as a memorial to the passage of the Steam Age.… more

Wacinton Indian

  • 2915 Park Avenue ,Noble Park
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Region: Mid Town
View Wacinton, a hand-carved wooden statue, that stands near the entrance of Noble Park, 2915 Park Ave. A 56,000-pound red oak carved by Peter "Wolf" Toth in 1985 honoring the Chickasaw who claimed… more

Whitehaven Welcome Center

  • Exit 7 Off Interstate 24 On Highway 45 ,1845 Lone Oak Road
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 554-2077
  • Region: Lone Oak
Restored 1860s Southern mansion features period furnishings and memorabilia of Paducah native Alben Barkley, who served as Vice President under Harry Truman. Whitehaven is one of the finest Classical… more

William Clark Market House Museum

  • 121 S. 2nd St. (1905 Historic Market House)
    Paducah, KY 42001
  • Phone: (270) 443-7759
  • Region: Historic Downtown
4,000 square feet of rotating exhibits and artifacts from Paducah's past are staged within the meticulously reconstructed elaborate gingerbread woodwork of an 1876 drugstore. Open first Saturday in… more
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