PADUCAH, KY – The Paducah Freight House is a historic railroad freight depot built in 1925 that’s now home to the Paducah Chamber Of Commerce and the Freight House Restaurant at 3rd and Washington in downtown Paducah, KY.
The Paducah Railroad Museum once resided on the second floor of the freight house but eventually moved next door. The building was home to the Chief Paduke Antique Mall for a stint as well.
Original markings still remain on the train depot that read (N.C. & St. L. Ry.) which stands for the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Company founded in the late 1800s.
Today NC&StL, like many other small railroads, ended up becoming part of the CSX Transportation company through acquisitions and mergers. CSX continues using original NC&StL routes between Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta. (source Wikipedia)
In 1979, the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Office and Freight House (Also known as Johnston-Backus Building or Paducah Freight House) was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The featured photo depicts the Chamber Of Commerce composed with a faded-in vintage photo of an ICRR Steam Engine with workers posing. The original photo of the men in front of the steam engine can be viewed at the Paducah Railroad Museum donated by Carolyn Roberts.
Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
300 S. 3rd Street
Paducah, KY 42003
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce building in former 1925 built Railroad Freight Depot/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Railroad Freight Depot Registered as US Historical Place/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Chamber building resides in former Railroad Freight Depot with markings on door N.C. & St. L. Ry. (AD 1925)/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Chamber building former Railroad Freight Depot with markings on door NC & St. L. Ry. /photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce in former 1925 Railroad Freight Depot with markings on door NC & St L Ry 1925/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Chamber Of Commerce at Freight Office/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Chamber of Commerce in former Railroad Freight Depot/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Front signage on Paducah Chamber of Commerce former Railroad Freight House/photonews247.com
May 18, 2018 – Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce building with street lights on/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – A view of Irvin S. Cobb Hotel Apartments (brown, white and tallest) in the background from 3rd & Washington near Chief Fire Station in downtown Paducah KY/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Chief Fire Station and Training Facility at 3rd & Washington Streets in downtown Paducah KY/photonews247.com
May 18, 2017 – Paducah Chamber Of Commerce at Freight Depot with old train and crew/photonews247.com