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Ask McGehee: Where did the name of the Leinkauf historic district originate?

That designated district, located south of Government Street, is named for the historic public school located on Church Street.

The Side Hall with Wing – The Ultimate Mobile Townhouse

With plenty of space for entertaining and for privacy, this distinctive home design was popular with Mobile’s oldest families.

Descendant

The Sundance award-winning documentary releasing to international audiences this October captures Africatown’s complicated history and hope for the future.

The Huxford Oil Company

Turn back time with this 1930s photograph of the novel gas station that once stood on the northwest corner of Government and Dearborn streets.

Ask McGehee: Who was Emma Roche?

Emma Langdon Roche (1878 - 1945) once described herself as an “artist, writer, housekeeper and farmer.” In retrospect, she could well be termed Mobile’s “Renaissance Woman.”

The Legend of Mobile’s Princess Charlotte Christina Sophia

Did an adventurer impersonating a dead Russian princess really live in French Mobile?

The Story of Marie Grissot and Mobile’s First Midwives

Meet the midwife who battled Bienville when Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana.

Alabama Historama

Brush up on your Mobile history with this postcard from a short-lived causeway attraction, the infamous Alabama Historama.

A Plan to Crush French Mobile

Indian agent Thomas Nairne decided that the interests of the British Crown were threatened by French Mobile — so he set out to manipulate tribes to destroy them.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of “Skull Island?”

“Skull Island” or “Massacre Island” were names given to what we have long known as Dauphin Island.

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