How Paducah, Kentucky got its name

George Rogers Clark flood wall mural. (Photo by John Cashon)

A great post about how the city of Paducah, Kentucky actually got its name and puts to rest previous incorrect stories.

Reflecting on History with John Cashon

A common story told in the Paducah area is that William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark fame, named Paducah for a Chickasaw chieftain called Chief Paduke, but this is incorrect. Clark was actually referring to a tribe he learned about during his travels exploring the west.

In a letter to his son on April 27, 1827, Clark wrote:

“I expect to go to the mouth of the Tennessee River, and be absent about two weeks. I have laid out a town there and intend to sell some lots in it, the name is Paducah, one of the largest Indian nations known in this country, and now almost forgotten.”

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Asbury Trails – Wilmore, KY

Palisades Farm is located South of Wilmore, Kentucky on Highway 29 towards High Bridge. Hiking trails at Palisades Farm are available to students and the public. Geologic and ecological features along with historic sites are viewed among the trails. The gate is closed and locked at 8:00 PM daily (sunset from October to March)! This is a great post with wonderful photos!

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Asbury Trails in Wilmore, Kentucky, is open to the public for hiking. The trailhead is at a parking lot on the way to Asbury University’s Challenge Course. I didn’t know there were trails here until recently, and I think it’s one of the best places to go in the area for a short hike. The area is known as The Palisades Farm.

The first trail I hiked was the Hillside Trail. It’s name describes the hike. You head uphill through woods, across a ravine, and end up in a meadow. You can see the valley below while hiking this trail. You can hike back down the 1/2 mile trail or take the gravel service road back to the parking lot.

The trail is a great hike. The area this time of year was beautiful!

At the ravine, you’ll cross over and head uphill to a meadow area.

The trails were…

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Horse Country Tour-Cynthiana/Harrison County Museum

The Cynthiana Museum in Harrison County, Kentucky is an interesting way to spend an afternoon! IMG_8742

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A great place to spend a Friday or Saturday afternoon is the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, right in my hometown. I am proud to say that I played a very small part in making this museum happen when I was a reporter/photographer for the local newspaper years ago. I remember many interviews and photos of the blossoming project. I decided to share the museum with my sister, who was visiting from out-of-town.

The photo above is of a matte-board replica of Cynthiana around 1900.

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The craftmanship of this model is spectacular.

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There are so many great things that have either been donated or loaned to the museum. The objects are from every era of the county.

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No tribute to the history of Harrison County would be complete without some tobacco, the crop that sustained this town for many years.

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This dollhouse, which is visible from the street, is remarkable.

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