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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.

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of the Girls’ Preparatory School of Mobile?

Girls’ Preparatory School would probably have enjoyed a long run, but the stock market crash and untimely death of the school's founder caused the institution to close its doors.

Mobile’s Original Floral Parade, 1905

A blossoming 1905 photograph offers a glimpse into the history of Mobile's Floral Parade.

Ask McGehee: Was Mobile’s Stocking Street named to identify it as part of the...

Stocking Street in the Leinkauf District was actually named for John Stocking, who served as Mobile’s mayor from 1831 to 1834.

The Black Warrior Affair

In the winter of 1854, a steamer out of Mobile sparked a diplomatic incident that threatened war between the United States and Spain over Cuba.

The Lost Boys of Mardi Gras

For decades, the Catholic Boys Home in Mobile fielded the most entertaining marching band in Mardi Gras.

Lost at Sea: The Men of SS Azalea City

In February 1942, a merchant vessel with a Mobile connection disappeared without a trace.

A Little Garden of Eden

Historian John Sledge leads us on a stroll through the streets of Spanish Mobile.

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