What's in a Name?

Real Estate Agent with Carter Realty Group, LLC 69438

     Have you ever wondered how Paducah, Kentucky got its name? Well, I was surprised when I first discovered about it during my research. It transcends what history has passed on to us, many generations down the line. And in order for us to understand how it came to be, we’ll have to do a little time travel down memory lane with known facts and history.

     Most stories note that the name Paducah came from a Chickasaw chieftain called Chief Paduke. From the accounts and records from history, Paducah actually wasn’t named after Chief Paduke, but was actually named in honor of one of the largest Native Americans that walked these lands, the Paduoca Indians. They are also one of the largest Indian nations known in the country. And from the records of William Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, throughout their journey they were good acquaintances with many of the tribes while heading westward. At one point in their journey, Clark wrote a letter to his son which clearly stated the reason for naming the town.

   In a letter from Clarke to his son on April 27, 1827, Clarke wrote:

“I expect to go to the mouth of the Tennessee River, and be absent about two weeks. I have laid out a town there and intend to sell some lots in it, the name is Paducah, one of the largest Indian nations in this country, and now almost forgotten.”


Padoucas in Louisiana around 1757



    Clark clearly referenced the tribe as Padouca, but was spelled as Paducah in the letter.  In other recorded sources, it also shows where Clark first learned of the Paduocas from French sources. Further research showed that that too was incorrect.  


Photo showing George Rogers Clark flood wall mural. 

(Photo by John Cashon)


     Imagine, during all this time of discovery and they found a “lost” or “forgotten” tribe. And in memorandum of that, we now know have Paducah.


    As we learn about this city, we find fun information that we want to share with our clients and friends.  For more information about our team or if you are interested in looking for a new home, feel free to visit us at: http://www.wesellpaducah.com/


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