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August 26, 2017

A Letter From Florence: An 1882 Message in a Bottle

In the 1979, the rock band The Police released their song “Message in a Bottle,” and in it, the lead singer, Sting, croons the lyrics: […]

August 10, 2017

10 Things That Were Illegal in 1904

This book from our Local and Family History stacks, A Revision of the Ordinances and Municipal Laws of the City of Paducah, Kentucky (1904), may […]

July 30, 2017

Water, Water Everywhere: Paducah’s First Spots for Water – Well, Cistern, and Horse Drinking Fountain

Carrying your own reusable water bottle around is the thing to do these days. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for the […]

July 2, 2017

Something Got Your Goat? Paducah’s Goat Problem of 1898

Invasive species. Asian Carp, Killer Bees, Cane Toads, and Burmese Python…just to name a few. They can be a real problem, causing havoc and disrupting […]

June 15, 2017

What’s Hiding in the 1937 Flood Monument?

Found in the median of Jefferson Street around the 2900 block, the statue memorializing the 1937 Flood is not in a very convenient location for […]

May 24, 2017

This Week in Historical Leisure Activities: Frog Hunting

Looking for a new hobby? A new sport? Ever considered frog hunting? If you were a reader of the Paducah Sun 111 years ago, during the last […]

May 11, 2017

Paducah’s First Muralist? The Story of John Banvard, Nearly Forgotten Millionaire Painter

Murals…Paducah has a long history with them. The timeline, working backwards, includes… Current Day – Murals are popping up all over the place, like inside Mellow Mushroom and […]

April 26, 2017

Sliding into Summer: Paducah’s First Public Playground

The weather is nice and warm. Time to get outside and one of our city’s beautiful parks. If you’ve got kids, there’s nothing they want […]

April 6, 2017

Plaque Build Up

Do you know where this curious historical marker is? If you don’t, who can really blame you? We’ve got so many historical markers in this […]

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