This used to be Paducah Dry Goods. I had to ask Joe because I couldn't remember.
I think it is great that it was left like that.
That must be Santa's place in Paducah. Speaking of Santa, the Christmas parade should be just around the corner. I used to march in it when I was in the high school band. I played the coronet.
The downtown saloon. Can't say that I have ever been in it and I can definitely say I don't plan on EVER being in it.
This is Broadway Methodist Church right smack downtown. Isn't it gorgeous?
This is where my dad used to have his patients dentures, partials or whatever a lab needed to do for a dentist. I loved taking things down there for him. I didn't do it near as often as my brother So, but it always made me feel important for some weird teenage reason. Plus I loved running up the stairs. I know, it didn't take much for me in those days.
The Irvin Cobb is in the above 2 pictures. It used to be a very fancy smancy hotel. It is now an apartment building for retired/disabled folks. It is really quite grand even now. The apartments have all been remodeled and are very nice. Plus it is very inexpensive for the tenants. It offers a great view of the city and the Ohio River.
As is evident, I really love our downtown area. When we were kids Mom would drop me and my friend Laura off. We would shop, go to the movies (there were 2 theaters, the Columbia and the Arcade) and just mess around like kids do. There was a paperboy on the corner hollering "paaaper" for anyone that needed one. Basically all shopping was done downtown. We felt safe and our parents never worried about us. There was a blind man in the basement of the old courthouse that sold newspapers, candy and such. They say he could tell the monetary value of a bill somehow. I saw him a couple of times that I remember. I was a bit afraid of him but that was just because I had never seen a blind person before. I'm sure he was a kind man.
Kentucky Oaks mall was build in the late 70's and early 80's. Lots of stores left downtown and relocated at the mall. To this day the two anchor stores are still JC Penney's and Sears which both moved from downtown. For a number of years it suffered but thanks to local government and lots of antique stores the downtown area is once again a vital part of Paducah. I am grateful for that since it has so much history and would have been a huge shame to have been left abandoned.
In the summer there is a Downtown after Dinner program on Friday and Saturday evenings where carriage rides are offered, shops stay open late and the streets are blocked off for pedestrian traffic. There are fireworks shot from a barge on the Ohio River on various nights. Every weekend during the after dinner program there are bands that play on the riverfront. The only fee to enjoy the music is a can or two for the local food pantry.
Come on and visit a spell folks. People here are really nice. Really.