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History of Kenucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Land between the Lakes

Construction of the Kentucky Dam began in 1938 to allow the ravages of flood waters to be held back and controlled and to create electrical power for the Tennessee Valley region. With completion of the dam in 1944, the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers began filling the lake and created Kentucky Lake, the largest man made lake in the Eastern United States. The Land Between the Lakes area was formed between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley when the rivers were impounded.  President Kennedy expressed interest in restoring land and developing more National Parks. In 1963, President Kennedy designated Land Between the Lakes, the largest inland peninsula in the United States, a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area.

 

   

Cherokee Trail Of Tears Park, Hopkinsville
Documented site of actual campsite used during forced removal of Indians in 1838 and 1839

Civil War Sites In Western Kentucky, Various
Battlefields and other civil war attractions

Clement Mineral Museum, Marion
Thousands of fluorite crystal specimens from a fraction of an ounce to hundreds of pounds

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Historic Mississippi River Civil War battle site

Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site, Fairview
Memorial to the famous Kentuckian born on this site, June 3, 1808

Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz
Established to present local and regional artists both past and present

Market House Museum, Paducah
Presentation of Paducah's rich and colorful past

Mineral Mound State Park, Gilbertsville

Mississippian Indian mounds historic site

Paducah Railroad Museum, Paducah
Memorabilia and artifacts displayed at 2nd and Washington Streets in Paducah

Don F. Pratt Museum, Fort Campbell

History and memorabilia of US Army's 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell

Warren Thomas Black Museum, Hickman
Historic 1895 Methodist Church Historic 1895 Methodist Church

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, Wickliffe
Archaeological site of prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound builders.

Wrather West Kentucky Museum, Murray
Western Kentucky history and memorabilia