Paducah History

Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, Paducah's significant American heritage can be traced to the city's strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.

Museums and riverfront "Wall to Wall" Murals by the Dafford Murals Team weave the story of Paducah's past and guide viewers to experiences and landmarks throughout the town.

DISCOVER how Paducah played a pivotal role in American history from rivers to railroad transportation, the Civil War to civil rights, and beyond!

FOLLOW tours and trails and historical markers to explore the cultural heritage of the region.

EMBARK on our Historic Paducah Audio Tour for an interactive self-guided walking tour of local architecture and history.

Begin exploring with our Inspiration Guide - Discover Downtown: Arts, Restaurants & More!


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