Paducah is the county seat of Cottle County and is located south of the center of Cottle County. It is situated on a branch of Salt Creek 115 miles west of Wichita Falls and the same distance northeast of Lubbock in the central part of the county. With a total area of 1.5 square miles, it is often referred to as the "Crossroads of America" because three U.S. highways intersect in the center of town. U.S. Route 83 leads north 32 miles (51 km) to Childress and south 28 miles (45 km) to Guthrie, while U.S. Route 70 leads east 36 miles (58 km) to Crowell and west 31 miles (50 km) to Matador. U.S. Route 62 follows US 83 north out of town and US 70 to the west. The town was named for Paducah, a city in western Kentucky. R. Potts from Paducah, Kentucky, who was an early settler in the mid-1800s convinced late settlers to vote for the name of Paducah and make it the county seat in exchange for free lands. And, in 1892, Paducah officially became the county seat when Cottle County was organized A post office was established in the settlement in 1891 with Charles H. Scott as postmaster. In 2017, the population was 1,090. Also, the airports located here are the Dan E Richards Municipal Airport (3F6) (Runways: 2) and the Buckle L Ranch East Airport (TX12) (Runways: 1).
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