Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
city, seat of Graves county, southwestern Kentucky, U.S., about 25 miles (40 km) west of Kentucky Lake and 25 miles south of Paducah. It was settled about 1820 and named for a local creek into which according to legend a George Mayfield fell, mortally wounded by robbers. The New Orleans and Ohio Railroad (now part of the Paducah & Louisville Railway) arrived in 1854 and boosted its development as a market centre for dark-leaf tobacco, livestock, and grain. Extensive local deposits of ball clay are used for ceramics and china, and other manufactures include telecommunications towers, tires, and air compressors. A monument marks the site of Camp Beauregard (1861), a Confederate base during the American Civil War evacuated (1862) and then captured by Union forces after an epidemic killed more than 1,000 Confederate troops. Inc. 1823. Pop. (1990) 9,935; (2000) 10,349