Tuesday, April 16, 2013
If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I would end up spending time in Paducah, Kentucky I would have had a hard time believing it. Add to that it would become personally significant to me and I would have laughed out loud. Turns out that's exactly what happened.
Paducah has become, at least in my mind, the gateway to the south. It's become a waypoint and a rest stop along the way.
Paducah, Kentucky is a located in the southwestern corner of the state. It is a mid-sized city, a large portion of which has been placed on the National Historical Register.
We walked around the city and stopped to take in a couple of the local attractions. The first one was the Iron Horse Memorial. I can't resist a train display. (There may also be a model train set-up in town somewhere. Next time through I'll be checking that out.)
The second place we visited was Paducah Wall to Wall. There is a large flood wall that protects historic downtown Paducah from both the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers overflowing their banks. The flood wall includes three city blocks of painted murals that capture important moments in Paducah's history. It's a very cool way to handle what could be a big, albeit helpful, eyesore.
After all of the times we traveled through Paducah, Kentucky I'm glad we finally took the time to stop and take a look around. It's a lovely town and definitely worth visiting if you plan to be in the area. There's still a bit more of the city that I want to see but that will have to wait for next time.