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Tom McGehee

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Ask McGehee: Who was Wilmer, Alabama, named after?

Wilmer, Alabama, named after a notable bishop, holds an intriguing historical legacy.

Serving the Table — Bellingrath Style 

The etiquette guide and formal entertaining profile of one of the Mobile area’s most prominent families.

Ask McGehee: What was the cause of the great explosion in Mobile at the end...

Although the war had ended with Mobile largely unscathed, that all changed at 2:15 p.m. on May 26, 1865. An explosion larger than any imagined during the wars rocked the city.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of Mobile’s old Spanish Guard Tower?

Explore the fascinating history of Mobile's Old Spanish Guard Tower, from its origins as a jailhouse to its iconic role as a symbol of vigilance and justice in the city's development.

Ask McGehee: What was the Hannan Home for the Aged?

In 1901, Major Patrick C. Hannan funded the creation of a “Home for the Aged and Infirm in charge of the Little Sisters of the Poor.” A historic home on Monterey Street termed “the old Roberts homestead” was purchased along with 15 acres of land.

Ask McGehee: I read that plans call for the demolition of the R. V....

He was general manager of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, a member of the Interstate Commerce Commissioner, a three-term city commissioner and mayor of Mobile.

Ask McGehee: Who was the Saenger behind Mobile’s Saenger Theatre?

Brothers Julian and Abe Saenger established the Saenger Amusement Company in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1910.

Ask McGehee: Wasn’t an earlier U.S. battleship named Alabama?

The USS Alabama, which has been a popular tourist draw since 1965, was not the first military vessel to bear that name but was the second battleship so named.

Ask McGehee: Did actor Chuck Connors once live in Mobile?

According to the 1947 Mobile city directory, Kevin Connors (who got the nickname of Chuck while playing college baseball) was residing at 1221 Texas Street.

Ask McGehee: I enjoyed the recent article about prohibition in Mobile. Wasn’t a civic...

Discover the amusing tale of the Rotary Club of Mobile's epic Prohibition-era prank in 1915 that made national headlines.

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