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Think it’s been cold this week? Imagine the winter of 1918 when subfreezing temperatures for over a month froze the Ohio river solid. That’s right…a swift flowing river was brought to standstill by Mother Nature. And just how frozen was it? Eight inches thick which is thick enough for Paducah folks to walk across to Brookport, thick enough even for a Model T to drive on it. Yeah…that’s cold.

To learn more about historic frigidity, visit the Local and Family History Department at the McCracken County Public Library.