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An Aerial View of Fort Gaines

An aerial shot of the early 19th-century fort on Dauphin Island is rich with detail, color and history.

Back Story: Christening the S.S. Mobile City, 1920

Take a closer look at this 1920 photograph of the christening of the S.S. Mobile City in Chickasaw.

The History of Yellow Fever in Mobile

An airtight coffin is the ominous symbol of a city paralyzed by a fearsome disease.

The Wreck of the Saint-Antoine

An 18th-century maritime mishap provoked a tense Franco-Spanish standoff over who controlled Mobile Bay.

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.

The Last Flag to Fly Over Brookley Army Air Field

The closure of Brookley Army Air Field 52 years ago this month took a devastating toll on Mobile’s economy. It would be decades before aerospace engineering returned to the airfield by the Bay.

Dauphin Island Surfing

A photo on Dauphin Island in the late 1950s offers insight into surfing and beachwear.

The Vine and Olive Colonists’ Perilous Mobile Bay Landfall

Historian John Sledge recounts the Vine and Olive colonists’ perilous Mobile Bay landfall.
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.

A History of Mobile in 22 Objects: Pottery from the Mobile-Tensaw Mounds

A fragment of pottery breaks open the pivotal role the Mobile area played in ancient cultures.

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