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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.

Gulf Shores in the 1950s

Take a trip to Gulf Shores of the 1950s with this photograph of the one-time sleepy beach town.

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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.

“The Pirate bore down on us…”

Maritime historian John Sledge recounts the eventful maiden voyage of the revenue cutter Alabama.

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

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