Historic Map - Paducah, KY - 1889

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View of Paducah, McCracken County, K.Y., 1889 / drawn & published by J. Blanton Postlethwaite.

This bird’s-eye view print of Paducah, Kentucky was drawn by J. Blanton Postlethwaite and published by Krebs Lith. Co. in 1889. Paducah was established in 1830 by explorer William Clark at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers.

Sulfuric springs scattered throughout the highly forested area brought many to the community in need of the hydrotherapeutic benefits.

“Cement Rock” was harvested in the region and used for building purposes such as underpinning and well support. Paducah maintained dry dock and shipyard facilities for steamboats and barges, and was a major railroad hub. The transportation facilities were of great importance to Union forces during the American Civil War.

The image, looking south west, includes labeled streets, buildings and railroad routes. It features inset illustrations of the following:

• Kentucky University.
• Hocker’s Female College.
• Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Features references to the following locations:

Court House.
Kentucky University.
Mechanical & Agricultural College.
School Houses.
Market House.
Fire Engine House.
Gas Works.
Lexington Cemetery.
Henry Clay’s Monument.
Kentucky Central R. R. Depot.
L. & L. R. R. Depot.
Hocker Female College.
Sayre Female College.
First Baptist Church.
Second Baptist Church.
Christian Church.
Episcopal Church.
Methodist North Church.
Methodist South Church.
First Presbyterian Church.
Second Presbyterian Church.
Roman Catholic Church.
African Baptist Church.
African Methodist Church.

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