Paducah, Kentucky: Atomic City Mural

A colorful mural on Paducah's flood wall recalls the city's postcard glory days of Atom Age fame.
Address:
Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Directions:
I-24 exit 7, then drive east into downtown. The Atomic City mural is at the eastern end of Kentucky Ave. where it meets the river. The other murals stretch north from it along the flood wall.
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Barge pilot mural. Atomic City Mural

There are many murals on the city flood walls that are amazing.

[Lucy, 10/01/2013]
Atomic City mural. Atomic City Mural

One of the only memorials of any kind I have seen in regards to anything Atomic. Sure you can go see the a monument at the Trinity site, where the first A-bomb was detonated, and I have vague recollections of dad taking a photo of us kids sitting on top the "Fat Boy" in Oakridge, TN. But other than those, this seems to be it for the Atomic age.... This is one of many murals (three devoted to the Atomic era) painted along the flood wall in Paducah by Robert Dafford showing the city's history. The detail on them is absolutely amazing and all are well worth seeing. This one I thought was pretty neat because it looks kind of like a postcard or brochure cover.

[Richard Weiss, 04/20/2005]

After World War II, Paducah was designated by the US Atomic Energy Commission as an ideal location for a uranium enrichment facility. The town was very proud of its role in the atomic age, though less so in recent decades. That mural should include a panel depicting the Great Flood of 1937, and Speedy -- who died in 1928 but wasn't buried by a Paducah funeral home until 1994.

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