The Paducah Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were responsible for the installation of several drinking fountains in the downtown area. Cool drinking water was a life saver in the days before air conditioning. In October 1907, four fountains were put into place by contractor Ed Hannan, paid for by the Paducah DAR. They were located at 3rd and Broadway, 7th and Washington, 19th and Jackson, and 12th and Broadway. Some of the fountains had lower level water troughs for the animals who might also need a cool drink of water. It was Irvin S. Cobb who once said, “Any town that cares enough for a stray dog to provide him cool water to drink is my kind of town.” We tend to agree with Mr Cobb!