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Bienville Square fountain

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of the fountain in Bienville Square?

Historian Tom McGehee explores the history of the Ketchum fountain that was recently removed from Bienville Square for restoration.
Delchamps grocery store

Ask McGehee: Is it true a Delchamps was located on Conti Street in midtown...

Not many people would recognize this unique Midtown building on Conti Street as having been built to house an early Delchamps grocery store.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of the lost waterfront resort Frascati?

In 1866, Henry Nabring, an owner of the Battle House Hotel, purchased a 15-acre site at the end of Conception Street and dubbed it Frascati.

Ask McGehee: Was Mobile’s electric plant once destroyed by an explosion?

Local historian Tom McGehee gives the full story behind the explosion that took place at Mobile Electric Lighting Company in February 1919.
Washington Square fountain

Ask McGehee: What is the history of Mobile’s Washington Square?

Washington Square is one of Mobile's most beloved parks and is surrounded by some of the finest examples of 19th-century architecture.

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What Downtown luxury hotel burned, just before opening its doors?

Prescription for Change

Historian Tom McGehee explains how pandemics have shaped home design.

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Is it true that one of NASA’s first astronauts was from Mobile?

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Prior to this year, have Mardi Gras parades ever been cancelled due to a pandemic?

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What is the history of the state docks?

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