Just below the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers lies the historic river city of Paducah, Kentucky, founded in 1827 by explorer William Clark after the famed Lewis & Clark Expedition. The city's geographic location along major inland waterways has always served as an essential benefit, from small but significant parts played during the Civil War to the key economic role in today's maritime industry.Discover Historic Downtown and the city's unique history along the Ohio beginning at the floodwall murals. Running parallel with the river, the structure originally built to provide protection against rising tides now doubles as a large-scale public art attraction. The Wall-to-Wall murals of Robert Dafford serve as a visual diary with each section showcasing part of Paducah's story. Enhance this stop by visiting one of several heritage museums within walking distance, including The National Quilt Museum!
Continue to stroll through the downtown area and happen upon art galleries, boutiques, and antique shops. Enjoy theatre productions and one-of-a-kind dining experiences along brick covered sidewalks, surrounded by preserved turn-of-the-century architecture.
Whether it's a passion for history or cultivating your creative spirit, you'll discover your inner explorer in Paducah!
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Please contact the Paducah Visitors Bureau for additional assistance or information.