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5:30 pm - Evenings Upstairs: Paducah’s First Frontier, The 100 Block of Broadway

led by J.T. Crawford, Local historian & WKCTC Television Producer 

Doors open 5:00 PM Presentation 5:30-6:30 PM

The foot of Broadway represents the genesis of our city’s founding. From that path, Paducah grew up from the river, eventually becoming the unofficial capital of far western Kentucky. For many years, the north side of the 100 block of Broadway,  one of the most prime real estate spots for a river city, has been a parking lot. How did that happen when it was once populated by thriving businesses?

Learn about the history of the block and what led to all the buildings being razed. And explore an alternate history that, if an early plan had been enacted, would have removed all the buildings on the adjacent block (where businesses such as Max’s, Kirchhoff’s, and the River Discovery Center are located).

J.T. Crawford is a local historian, writing about Paducah’s past for the last 18 years in Paducah Life Magazine. He also produces the local history show Rivertown Revelations: Exploring Paducah’s Past through his employment at WKCTC as a Television Producer. 

For more information contact Adult Programming Coordinator [email protected]  270-442-2510 x117.

All programs are free & open to the public 


April 27
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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2nd Floor Meeting Room