Day 7 – Paducah, Kentucky

Glass is everywhere these days, even the basin at the Best Western in Paducah:

BW glass basin

Glass basin at the Paducah Best Western

First stop after breakfast was the National Quilt Museum, home to some of the most interesting and elaborate quilts I’ve seen yet. Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed. However, in the lobby were several stained glass versions of quilt patterns:

Quilt Museum - flower window - 1

Quilt design as a stained glass window at the National Quilt Museum

Also in the lobby was an exhibit of quilts by children in South Africa who are being mentored in a special program. An eight-year-old boy won first with these owls:

Quilt by South African child

Award-winning quilt piece by an 8-year-old South African boy, shown at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY

The town of Paducah looked interesting, so I took a short look around. The town is at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Overlooking the river is a series of panels about the history of the area. This is one:

Panel of wall by the river in Paducah, KY

One panel of mural by the river in Paducah, KY

Walking in the downtown area, I found a nice side street:

Side street Paducah

Side street in downtown Paducah, KY

And an old department store:

Old department store building in downtown Paducah

Then it was back on the road, meandering through the back roads of Kentucky and Missouri, to end up near Little Rock, in Maumelle, Arkansas.

The big “aha!” moment for today: cotton and casinos in Missouri.

Tomorrow, it’s again “Westward ho!”

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