Welcome to Downtown Paducah, KY

City of Crafts and Folk Art

"City of Crafts and Folk Art"

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A little about Paducah

Creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to Paducah, the world's 7th City of Crafts and Folk Art in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Anchored by the National Quilt Museum and a thriving fiber arts community, Paducah is a haven for creative thinkers and doers. At the heart of America's inland waterways, the river contributes to the constant flow of Paducah's engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colorful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th Century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and a globally-celebrated creative culture.

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The history of Paducah

Paducah was first settled as Pekin by James and William Pore c. 1821. The community – favorably located at the confluence of several waterways – occupied a site previously noted as a Chickasaw trading center The town was laid out by William Clark (of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition) in 1827 and renamed Paducah. Although local lore long connected this to an eponymous Chickasaw chief "Paduke" and his tribe of "Paducahs," authorities on the Chickasaw have since made clear that there was never any chief or tribe of that name, or anything like it, nor any words like them in the Chickasaw tongue. Instead, it is probable that Clark named the town for the Comanches known at the time as the Padoucas. At the outset of the Civil War, Kentucky attempted to take a neutral position. However, when a Confederate force occupied Columbus, a Union force under General Ulysses S. Grant responded by occupying Paducah. Throughout most of the war, Col. Stephen G. Hicks was in charge of Paduca

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Paducah, Kentucky

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Businesses in Paducah, Kentucky

Here is a collection of downtown Paducah, Kentucky businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Bricolage Art Collective


A space for artists to consign work


Maiden Alley Cinema & Gallery


Paducah's Home for Fine Film and Entertainment


PAPA Gallery


Paducah’s most unique and exciting gallery


1857 Hotel


A boutique hotel in downtown paducah


Fox Briar Inn At Riverplace


Impeccably restored historic inn


AK Cafe


Artisan Kitchen provides delicious homemade goodness


D.Starnes At Riverplace


Nationally famous Starne's hickory-pit barbeque


Freight House


Farm to table




Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar


Parker's Drive-In


50's Drive-In and Diner


Tribeca Mexican Cuisine


Traditional Mexican fare & margaritas


Allen Music


Western Kentucky's Premiere Music Store


American Harvest Antiques


Specializing in early country furniture and accessories




Bicycling is our passion!


Crash Comics


Great selection, knowledgeable staff


Dixie Leather Works


A 38 year evolution in mastering the art of leather


Hooper's Outdoor Center


Your #1 source for outdoor recreational equipment and apparel


Itty Bitty Knitty Shop


A specialty yarn shop


Dry Ground Brewing Company

Winery / Brewery

Paducah's first craft brewery


Paducah Distilled Spirits

Winery / Brewery

The Moonshine Company