Paducah (Kentucky)

McCracken County


Paducah is a town with 26,307 inhabitants ( 2000) in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and the county seat of administration ( county seat ) of McCracken County.

It is located 90 km southeast of Carbondale, 78 miles south-east of Marion, 86 km from Martin, 222 kilometers southeast of St. Louis, 86 km southeast of Cape Girardeau, 250 km northeast of Memphis, 127 km north-west of Clarksville, 135 km south-west of Evansville, 164 kilometers north of Jackson, and 191 km north- west of Nashville in the metropolitan area. The town lies at the mouth of the Tennessee River into the Ohio River. One of the biggest gas diffusion plants for uranium enrichment is located in Paducah.

National Register of Historic Places

The Paducah Freight House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Lloyd Tilghman Memorial commemorates the Confederate Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman, who fell at the Battle of Champion Hill in May 1863. Even the House, the Lloyd Tilghman House is recorded in the register.


Paducah is named after an Indian chief named Padukah, the most likely belonged to the tribe of Chickasaw. The city was founded in 1830. During the American Civil War the city on September 6, 1861, conquered by the Union under Ulysses S. Grant. The city at the mouth of the Tennessee River had an important strategic significance.

On March 25, 1864, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led a surprise attack by at Paducah, to gain spoils of war. However, the city remained in the hands of the Union.

In 1967, the Ohio River overflowed its banks and damaged Paducah difficult.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Daniel Frank Austin ( born 1943 ), botanist
  • Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944), American writer, journalist, columnist and actor
  • Steven Curtis Chapman (born 1962 ), singer
  • Fate Marable (1890-1947), big band leader and pianist
  • Matty Matlock (1907-1978), Dixieland jazz musician, arranger and bandleader
  • Larry Stewart ( born 1959 ), country singer
  • Marcy Walker ( born 1961 ), actress
  • Rumer Willis (* 1988), actress and the eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore