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PADUCAH, TEXAS

"Crossroads of America"

Cottle County Seat, Texas Panhandle
Highways 83 and 70
30 miles S of Childress
36 miles W of Crowell
32 miles E of Matador
Population: 1,197 (2010) 1,498 (2000) 1,788 (1990)


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Paducah TX - Paducah Post Building
The Paducah Post Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after Paducah, Kentucky by former resident R. Potts, a man who settled in sometime around 1850. Potts was determined to name the town Paducah and he gave settlers land if they would vote accordingly.

In 1892 Cottle County was organized, and Pott's dream came true. A post office was established in 1891. The Paducah Post was founded in 1893 and by 1903 the population was 151.

Trains have traditionally been a Christmas present and Paducah got one. A real one. On Christmas Day, 1909 The Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railroad arrived and it didn't even need to be unwrapped.

The town was incorporated the next year, with a population of 1,350.

The 1980 census reported 2,216 residents.

Paducah, Texas Today

Paducah holds an annual Cotton Festival each September and an Old Settler's Reunion each April.

"The Cottle County courthouse and surrounding square have recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places." - Greg Haviland, May 28, 2005

Paducah, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

Cottle County courthouse, Paducah, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Cottle County courthouse
Paducah TX -  Paducah City Hall And Fire Dept
Paducah City Hall and Fire Dept
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
PaducahTexas - 1910 First State Bank Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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PaducahTexas - First State Bank Building
1910 First State Bank Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Paducah Texas former Cottle County Jail
The 1921 red brick jail in Paducah was used until 1998
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Paducah Texas Depot, Cottle County Heritage Museum
Cottle County Heritage Museum
(The restored Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railroad Depot)
On Hwy 83 N.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Paducah Texas Cottle Hotel sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Paducah Texas Cottle Hotel
The neglected Cottle Hotel on the courthouse square
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
More Rooms with a Past
Paducah Texas - Old Cottle Hotel Cafe sign
Hotel Cafe
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Paducah Tx - Ghost Coca-Cola Sign
Coca-Cola Ghost Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Paducah Texas - Alace Theater
Palace Theatre
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Zana Theater in Paducah Texas
"Zana Theater that was once there"
- Billy B Smith 2006 photo
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Paducah Texas - Grain Storage Shed
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Paducah Texas - Cottle County Tennessee Valley Cemetery
Tennessee Valley Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Paducah Texas - Cottle County Garden Of Memories Cemetery
Garden Of Memories Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Paducah TX - Cottle County Garden Of Memories Cemetery Historical Marker
Garden Of Memories Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Paducah Texas - Water Tower
Tin-Man Water Tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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  • Paducah Texas Forum
  • Subject: A Family in Paducah
    Dear TE, I am looking for information on my biological father's family. His name was Julian Homer Magee, born May 4, 1919. His Father was Wynn Magee, and his mother Mother: Elvie Lou Baker. I would appreciate any information on this family, especially medical history.

    Wynn & Elvie lived in Paducah when my Mom met them in 1944. Julian Homer Magee was born in Childress Texas in May 1919.

    Our granddaughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis which is a genetic condition. Both parents have to have the C.F. gene. - Connie Hubka, e-mail: cdhubka@telus.net , Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, September 15, 2006

  • Subject: Crowell and Paducah
    My name is Kristi Norman Brown and I am working on my family tree. Does anyone know of any books or articles on family histories from Crowell or Paducah that would help me in my research? My ancestors are A.Y. Norman (lots of Norman's there) Cotners, McCormicks, Knox, Wanda Moore, and Eula "Cricket" Norman. Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. - Kristi Norman Brown, February 27, 2006

  • Subject: Update to Cottle Co Courthouse
    To preserve the classic art deco architecture of the courthouse as well as nearby commercial buildings, the Cottle County courthouse and surrounding square have recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. - Greg Haviland, May 28, 2005

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