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Paducah’s Giant Indian Sculpture ‘Wacinton’ Honors Chickasaw

PADUCAH, KY – Wacinton is the name of the giant Indian statue that sits along Park Avenue in Noble Park next to the tennis courts in Paducah, KY.

Wacinton means “to have understanding.” It was hand-carved in 1985 by Peter “Wolf” Toth from a local 56,000 pound red oak.

A  plate at the site reads:

Hand chiseled from a local 56,000 pound Red Oak to honor the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in this area until the Jackson Purchase, 1818.

By Sculptor Peter “Wolf” Toth
Dedicated May 26, 1985 to the City of Paducah and the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Mayor Joe Viterisi
Commissioners
P.J. Grumley – Harold Ford – Robert Coleman – Hal Cole

more sources:
♦ paducahky.gov/monuments-and-memorials
mclib.net/blogs/history/?p=222

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The Mellow Mushroom, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The Mellow Mushroom is a pizza chain decorated with local art inside the former Coca Cola Bottling plant at the corner of Broadway Street and Lone Oak Road.

HOURS
Monday-Thursday (10:30 AM – 11:00 PM)
Friday-Saturday (10:30 AM – 12:00 AM)
Sunday (10:30 AM – 10:00 PM)

Mellow Mushroom
3121 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 216-4050
menu: mellowmushroom.com/paducah
map: google.com/maps

 

 

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Queen of the Mississippi, Downtown Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The Queen of the Mississippi is a 150-passenger riverboat cruiseliner that docks at the Port of Paducah at the foot of Broadway Street in beautiful downtown Paducah, KY.

While docked tourist are cordially greeted by Paducah Ambassadors (dressed in red) answering any questions they may have about the Norman-Rockwell-like town of Paducah.

The Queen of the Mississippi was built by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Company for American Cruise Lines. It’s an authentic paddlewheeler with a length of 295 feet weighs 2700 tons.

see Port of Paducah’s  riverboat docking schedule at paducah.travel/event/this-month
for more information call 1.800.PADUCAH

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River Discovery Center Museum, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – River Discovery Center is a history museum with a strong focus on the four rivers that meet in the region located at 117 S. Water Street in Paducah, KY.

The River Center is a private and non-profit organization in an historic building with an old faded out advertisement on the outside by Block Brothers Co. featuring Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco.

PRICES:
Adults: $8.00
Seniors (60 and up) $7.00
Children (under age 12) $5.00
Call for Group Rates

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday (April – November) 1:00-5:00 pm

River Discovery Center
117 S Water St, Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 575-9958
site: riverdiscoverycenter.org
directions: google.com/maps

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The Carson Center, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center is a  non-profit multi-use building for concerts, live theatre, events and more located at 100 Kentucky Avenue in downtown Paducah, KY.

The main concert hall/theatre seats 1806 people. And with the farthest seat being only 112 feet from the stage, there’s no bad seat in the house.

Check bands and events coming to Carson Center at: thecarsoncenter.org

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Ave, Paducah, KY 42003
(270) 450-4444
site: thecarsoncenter.org
directions: google.com/maps

Three photos below were taken from Carson Center’s 2nd-floor patio overlooking downtown Paducah.

 

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Paducah Railroad Museum

PADUCAH, KY – Paducah Railroad Museum features a train simulator, steam engine artifacts, salvaged railroad antiquities, historic photos and much more located at the corner of Washington Street and Marine Way in beautiful downtown Paducah, KY.

HOURS
Wed – Fri (12pm – 4pm)
Sat (10am – 4pm)

COST
Adults $5.00
Children $2.00

Paducah Railroad Museum
200 Washington Street
Paducah, KY 42003
(270) 908-6451
site: paducahrr.org
social: facebook.com/Paducah-Railroad-Museum
directions: google.com/maps

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Market House Theatre, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The Market House, built in 1905, provides the community with a rich cultural center that houses an art gallery, an event center, a museum and a performing arts theater located in the heart of downtown Paducah.

Up until the 1960s, the Market building was a bustling plaza filled with local produce vendors and various merchants selling their goods.

Today the building continues to be a local icon and landmark nestled across the street from many locally owned businesses that include gems like Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli that opened in the 1800s, a family owned shop now in its 5th generation.

Curls & Cream featuring rolled ice cream opened on July 1, 2017 just down the street on Market Square.

The Market House (built in 1905)
Builder: George Katterjohn
Architect: W.L. Brainerd.

Market House Theatre
132 Market House Square
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 444-6828
site: markethousetheatre.org
directions: google.com/maps

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Carnegie Library Memorial, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The Carnegie Library Memorial with a sculpture of Oscar Turner sits in the median at the 2400 block of Jefferson Street between N. 24th  and N. 25th Streets in Paducah, KY.

1915: Originally the memorial was erected by Billy Turner Abram in 1915 located in front of Carnegie Library at 9th & Broadway. It was dedicated in memory of her father, Oscar Turner, a First District Congressman.

1970: The Carnegie Library burnt to the ground in 1970 while the memorial was put in storage.

1994: The memorial was rebuilt at the current location in 1994 through the efforts of Walter L. Beasley, Jr., Gus E. Hank III, H. Eugene Katterjohn, Jr.

Read more about the Carnegie Library Memorial  in the 7th article down from the top at: paducahky.gov/monuments-and-memorials

 

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Whitehaven Welcome Center, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – Whitehaven Welcome Center is a 24/7 rest stop that resides in a beautiful 1860’s two-story Southern mansion located on Lone Oak Road at I-24 in Paducah, KY. The mansion is completely restored and tastefully filled with furniture and decor from the period.

Also in the home you will find memorabilia that belonged to Alben W. Barkley, a McCracken County native and served as Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1952.

When we stopped at Whitehaven for the first time, we were in awe.  We just moved to Paducah at the time and had no idea that we now lived in a town that happens to have one of the the best looking rest stops in the United States. I forgot to mention it’s Award Winning to boot.

The mansion is advertised as a potential movie set location for either a haunted house or a Civil War theme at paducahfilms.com/paducah-movie-film-location. It has been noted that a female ghost can be spotted at times on the balcony of the second story bedroom as well.

Paducah is filled with historic places like Whitehaven but these gems must be seen in person since pictures do little justice regarding the feel of these places. For example, the night I visited the air had a heavenly mix of fresh cut grass and roses with a perfect temperature of 75 degrees.

And the people? Remarkable! Irvin Cobb said it best:

“More Genuine hospitality is offered than any other town of like size in the Commonwealth.”

So anytime you find yourself wanting to stop and literally ‘smell the roses’ or flowers so-to-speak, visit Whitehaven and submerse yourself in the grandeur of the past.

TOURS: 2pm to 4pm (mon-fri)

Whitehaven Welcome Center
1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
kentucky.gov
(270) 554-2077
directions: google.com/maps

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John’s PASS Carriage Service

PADUCAH, KY – John’s PASS Carriage Service provides horse and carriage rides and tours that begin at Carriage Corner on 2nd and Broadway by the Gazebo in historic Downtown Paducah.

Downtown changes bit around twilight becoming more beautiful and mysterious as the sun goes down. Taking a carriage ride at this magical time will allow you to see how the city lights cascade down off the buildings onto the brick laid streets and sidewalks. All this in concert with a light breeze from the Ohio River can make for the perfect romantic date.

Create a memory that will last a lifetime for you and your partner. And don’t forget to stop and get an ice cream from Curls & Cream, the recently opened eatery on Market House Square that’s all the rage.

COST
20-Minute Tour: $10/person
Trip Around the Block: $5/person

OTHER CARRIAGE SERVICES
weddings, parades, private parties and special events

See more Services and Pricing at johnspasscarriageservice.com

John’s Pass Carriage Service
Downtown Gazebo
Carriage Ride Service
101-199 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 243-4365
Site: johnspasscarriageservice.com
Social: facebook.com/Johns-PASS-Carriage-Service
Map: google.com/maps

Below are just a few places you might see along the way.

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The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY

PADUCAH, KY – The National Quilt Museum features geographical collections of artful quilts that are free to view at 215 Jefferson Street in Paducah, KY.

The National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 442-8856
quiltmuseum.org
directions: google.com/maps

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Paducah’s Floodwall Murals

PADUCAH, KY – These beautiful, magical-3D murals, painted by muralists Dafford, Roe and others, turned a dull-grey concrete wall into one of the best art displays in the United States located along the Mighty Ohio River in one of America’s best small towns, Paducah, KY.

time-lapse video featuring Paducah’s floodwall murals

The murals span three city blocks in the heart of downtown. The actual floodwall is 12.5 miles long built after the flood of 1937.

The murals are flawlessly maintained that have bronze interpretive-panels at the foot of each painting that tell the history for that particular time.

Today the painted floodwall is Kentucky’s most popular tourist attraction located a few mile east of I-24 – a must see when passing through.

The IC 2-8-2  1518 Mikado steam locomotive that sits along the floodwall is the only one in existance today, donated by the City Of Paducah.

See incredible video of entire wall at paducahwalltowall.com
Follow Artist Herb Roe at instagram.com/herbroe
Follow Artist Robert Dafford at facebook.com/daffordmurals

Read about the floodwall timeline at paducahky.gov/floodwall