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Scene from Trail in 1990 brochure
Photo from the cover of the 1990 Dogwood Trail Celebration brochure.

Lighted Dogwood Trail

The lighting of the dogwood became a tradition in 1964 when the Paducah Civic Beautification Board began this nighttime tour of Paducah in bloom. Residents and businesses spotlight dogwoods, azaleas, and blooming gardens throughout the city. A Dogwood Reception held at City Hall kicks off the April celebration. The trail is marked by signs placed at frequent intervals along the route. The tour may be done by walking, bike, private car or bus. Since its beginning, the Trail has grown from two blocks to a twelve-mile tour of the West End lasting an hour and a half with another 12 miles of alternate routes. Beautiful both day and night, the Dogwood Trail encourages passersby to appreciate how nature has blessed Paducah.

Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).



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