Terts & Quats

Features that don’t quite fit anywhere else on our site, but definitely deserve recognition is what Terts & Quats is all about.  The phrase derives from tertiary features (Terts) and fourth-importance (quaternary or “Quats”) articles found in publications.  Here, it’s just “everything else” and is just as good as the other stuff on Four Rivers Explorer.

    Jefferson Davis Monument

    The Jefferson Davis Monument.

    Traveling down US 68/KY 80 from Bowling Green to Hopkinsville, first-timers may rub their eyes a bit when a giant obelisk that looks like the Washington Monument peaks over the trees in the horizon.  Double-takes are certain for those who have never been through this part of southern Kentucky and have not seen the Jefferson Davis Monument.


    A Rare Look Inside the Powerhouse at Kentucky Dam

    It’s not every day one gets to see the inner-workings of a large hydroelectric plant inside a huge dam. The opportunity presented itself to us not too long ago - we got to partake in a private tour of the powerhouse at Kentucky Dam.


    Old Maps Overlaying Today's Reveal Big Changes

    The United States Geological Survey has a great online mapping feature that is quite addicting and can suck you in for a while.


    The Mikado Engine at Paducah

    A monument of Paducah’s extensive railroad history is located downtown at the riverfront wall.  This locomotive, a 1923 Mikado, along with a baggage-mail car and a caboose, is a reminder of our country’s dependence on railroads throughout history.

    Up-close of the Mikado engine in downtown Paducah. These locomotives were very complex machines.

    Cars, semi-trucks and highways didn’t exist in the 19th century.  Folks and freight moved across the country largely on trains.  Paducah became a transportation hub in the early 20th century with the intersection of two large rail lines – the Illinois Central Railroad and the Nashville, St. Louis and Louisville Railroad.  A large railroad shop, which still exists today on Kentucky Avenue, was built in 1929, further solidifying Paducah as a railroad hub.

    The shop refurbished this Mikado 2-8-2 in 1940 and again in 1951 before being donated to the City of Paducah in the mid-1960s.

    While the railroad industry has declined substantially in the United States, it continues to play a significant role to the economy in Paducah.  If you want to go see it for yourself, head to downtown Paducah’s riverfront area.  You can’t miss it.

    If you want to read more about the railroad history of Paducah, check out this link.