At the corner of South Water Street and Kentucky Avenue in Paducah, Kentucky we can see many things.
Three young tourist standing on a preserved red brick road, posing for pictures of their holiday.
Across from the tourist we can see some of the beautiful murals along the Paducah Riverwalk.
Moving clockwise along the floodwall, we find the Iron horse Memorial. A Mikado type steam locomotive, No. 1518 was the last "Iron Horse" owned by the Illinois Central Railroad. Presented to the city of Paducah in 1963.
Next we see the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center.
Paducah's impressive Riverside performing-arts & cultural complex.
Next, and it would be hard to miss this, is Finkel's Fair Stores.
Samuel H. Finkel immigrated from Russia and built this building in 1918. Once a more vivid red it has matured over the years and many call it the pink building.
Finkels was well known for quality dry goods at a fair price over the years. Family’s shopped for shoes and clothing in the massive store. It was the working mans store for it’s time but still offered friendly service with experienced clothiers.
Finkel's closed it's doors in 1990
Coming full circle, we find ourselves in front of the Center for Maritime Education - The Seamen's Church Institute.
Opened in 1997, the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY trains over 1,000 mariners each year. Situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, the Center occupies part of a historic water-front building. The insides of that building, however, contain some of the world’s most sophisticated computer equipment for training mariners.
All this from just one street corner. I wonder what the rest of the city holds?
© John W. Ivy
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.