In 1937, 50-foot waves came crashing through Paducah, Kentucky, leaving a destroyed town in their wake. Founded by William Clark (sans his pal Lewis) in 1827, Paducah’s rich history and its strategic positioning—right at the junction of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers—made it a town worth rescuing.

Originally published in Cincinnati Magazine’s June 2014 issue. Read more at cincinnatimagazine.com.

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