The Paducah flood wall was built after the devastating flood of 1937 In which some 27,000 citizens had to be evacuated. The flood reached its highest point on February 2. Nearly ninety-five percent of Paducah was submerged as water levels swelled to 60.8 feet. The floodwall was constructed between August 1939 and July 1949 and stands at 14 feet which is 3 feet higher that the 1937 record flood. Since completion the flood wall has protected Paducah numerous times with the second highest flood at Paducah of 55.03 ft on May 5, 2011.
Renowned artist Robert Dafford has transformed this concrete wall into a beautiful collection of murals that show Paducah's rich history in lifesized paintings. These panoramic "Portraits of Paducah's Past" bring to life the story of Paducah in color and imagery in a way that must be seen to appreciate. You can walk along the flood wall and view each mural at your leisure.
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