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A Winter in Fairhope

Artist Wharton Esherick and his family’s time in Fairhope and at the Organic School changed their lives and inspired his artistic trajectory.

Ask McGehee: Who was the Saenger behind Mobile’s Saenger Theatre?

Brothers Julian and Abe Saenger established the Saenger Amusement Company in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1910.

Mobile Christmas Parade, 1952

Deck the halls with a 1952 Christmas parade down Government Street.

Gran’s Seafood Gumbo

For one local historian, memories of gumbo and his grandmother are forever intertwined.

Visitation Hail To Thee

The impact and legacy of Mobile’s first Catholic girls’ school.

Ask McGehee: Wasn’t an earlier U.S. battleship named Alabama?

The USS Alabama, which has been a popular tourist draw since 1965, was not the first military vessel to bear that name but was the second battleship so named.

Unloading Bananas

Go bananas at the Port of Mobile

Port City Legends

A city as old as Mobile is bound to have its share of ghost stories and tales of mysterious creatures.

“That Awful Ship”

The ins and outs of a 1950s effort to move the USS Hartford from Virginia to the Mobile Bay Causeway.

Ask McGehee: Did actor Chuck Connors once live in Mobile?

According to the 1947 Mobile city directory, Kevin Connors (who got the nickname of Chuck while playing college baseball) was residing at 1221 Texas Street.

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