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Bathing in Mobile Bay, 1909

Inspect an early 1900s photograph of summer swimmers enjoying a forgotten Fairhope pier.

Mobile’s Knights of Old: Harry Maury and the Baron

A gripping duel and scandalous love affair in 19th-century Mobile set the stage for a drama that sparked interest across the entire country.

The Odd History of Cattle Dipping

Across the state, mysterious concrete trenches sit as silent evidence of a bygone rural practice — cattle dipping.

The History of Dauphin Island’s Street Names

Learn about the 1950s initiative to boost the development of Alabama’s barrier island and the swashbuckling street names it produced.

Ask McGehee: Who designed Mobile’s Battle House Hotel?

Although routinely missing from a list of his creations, the Battle House Hotel was designed by renowned architect Frank Mills Andrews in 1906.

Mobile County Training School, Class of 1921

Take a dive into a 1921 class photo from the Mobile County Training School in Plateau.

‘Unrivaled’ Football Documentary Comes to Mobile

On May 4, St. Paul’s Episcopal School will host the Mobile premiere of a film about one of the greatest college football teams of all time — the 1899 Sewanee Tigers.

Ask McGehee: Do any of the characters in HBO’s series “The Gilded Age” have...

The lead character, social climber Bertha Russell, was certainly inspired in part by Mobile-born Alva Smith Vanderbilt.

The Duval Scandal

This scandal of love and property is just as juicy 198 years after the fact.

The History of Three Mile Creek

Dive into the history of Three Mile Creek with this early 1900s photograph, and find out how the body of water got its name.

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