History

Paducah, 1952 Revisited

2015 May/June

A few years ago, we experienced a truly magical moment. It happened on Broadway in front of the Irvin Cobb Hotel. For a time, it was 1952 again as three friends gathered for an impromptu reunion.

 

Driver's Grocery

2015 January/February

Before the era of the big-box store and ease of travel, ma and pa markets dotted the American landscape, serving even the smallest of communities.

 

Preserving The Past For The Future

2015 January/February

"We don't just think about yesterday, today, or tomorrow. We think in terms of eternity," says Jim Sanders of the Mt. Carmel Cemetery board of directors as he stands on the cemetery's windswept hill, surveying the markers.

 

"And what we do today needs to advantage whoever is looking after this place fifty, a hundred, two hundred years from now."

 

Runnin' the Silver Trail

2014 November/December Edition

Four year old Spencer Balentine eagerly hopped into the passenger side of his daddy's coal black '49 Chevy. His feet, barely clearing the edge of deep bench seat, jutted out of the rolled up pants legs of his striped bib overalls. He rested them on the glass gallon jugs that occupied every inch of the floorboard.

 

The Haunting of Camp Beauregard

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High on a hill overlooking The Valley is a parcel of land with a preternatural ambiance.  Some places simply lend themselves to legend and Camp Beauregard is among them.  The Civil War campground turned cemetery is a nest of intrigue.

 

The Time Jack Tricked Old Scratch

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A Tale for Snap Apple

 

“Gather round the fire,” the old grandmother said. As she was the best storyteller all around, all of the children, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, and even grandmothers and grandfathers gathered.

 

Stories From the USS Paducah

2014 September/October Edition

In 2012, PADUCAH LIFE Magazine brought you Dr. Rob Robertson's story of the USS Paducah, the US Navy gunboat that bore the name of our city while serving during both World Wars.

 

The story eventually made its way to Randall Haines, great grandson of Frank Gibble, a seaman who spent a year of his life aboard the vessel.

Rhythms of the River

2014 September/October Edition

Photos courtesy of the McCracken County Public Library

 

A living, boiling, bubbling, baking history of a time long ago in Land Between The Lakes

2014 September/October Edition

What magic exists in those heirloom recipes from our great-grandmothers that just reading them connects us into family and culture and time as poetry might? In making the recipe we can physically smell and taste what once kept a family going.

 

Can the Coke Plant be Saved?

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This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Paducah Life Magazine.

 

Paducah is a city of landmarks. From Whitehaven to the Market House, buildings teeming with history dot our landscape. One of the most noticeable and iconic of them is the Coca-Cola plant in Paducah’s mid-town community.

 

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