Thomas Jefferson couldn’t balance his checkbook. Perhaps that’s why he could never afford to visit his sister who lived near Paducah! He was a man of amazing brilliance and achievement. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, and a foreign envoy for the newly created United States. Some say he was the most
Many Paducah ‘firsts’ make for interesting reading! The first brick house was built in 1826. The first general store opened the same year, on the northeast corner of 1st and Broadway. The first board of health came along in 1833, the first theatre in 1834, and the first hospital in 1849. It was the Marine Hospital.
Tasty country hams were sold at Paducah’s 1850 Market House for just nine cents a pound. Coffee beans were freshly ground for customers at just 10 cents a pound, while you waited. The aroma of the coffee being ground was heavenly. Paducah was the site of many a coffee roasting and grinding enterprise. Bockman’s coffee was a Paducah favorite!
The historic Yopp House, built in 1926 for Martin J Yopp, is a beautiful Colonial Revival structure on Lone Oak Road just past Whitehaven, on Hwy 45. The two story brick structure with soaring white porch columns was designed by Paducah architect Tandy Smith. Smith also remodeled Kenmil Place, a neighboring home, at about the same time.
Do you remember these childhood toys from the 1960s? A popular toy was the Viewmaster, which with the slide of your index finger on a button tab, enabled you to see in full color, three dimension images! The circular cards were inserted in the top of the Viewmaster, and the small film images would rotate from one to
Paducah had many early doctors. One of the better remembered was Dr John G. Brooks, who practiced till a ripe old age. He was born in 1840 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, served with the 3rd Ky CSA as an orderly sergeant, and was the Federal Pension Examiner in 1875. He was also Physician under the Hawaiian