History

Ask McGehee: Historic Marker at the southeast corner of Government and Warren streets

From 1907 until 1952, Alabama’s oldest Jewish congregation worshipped in a temple located at the southeast corner of Government and Warren streets. However, this was the congregation’s...

Check Mates

Mobile, founded in 1702, was well over a century old before its residents enjoyed the convenience of running water in their homes. In 1814, the portage...

Roadside Retro

Roadside stores, restaurants and motel rooms are notoriously ephemeral. They are all stops along the way to somewhere else. Still, highway architecture can be memorable. Old Spanish...

Ask McGehee: Magnolia Manor

 In June 1931, the homeowner, local defense attorney Foster Kirksey Hale Jr., was gunned down by his former mistress in his St. Michael Street office. “Two...

The Seafarers

Many public sculptures dot Mobile’s landscape. They have become as essential to the city’s character as the oaks that grace our neighborhoods. Some of our best-known pieces include the...

Tunnel Vision

Because it is submerged, the Bankhead Tunnel may not seem like a massive structure. But the tunnel, with  its $4 million price tag, was definitely Mobile’s...

The Waterman Globe: Mobile's Transient Landmark

John B. Waterman, C.W. Hempstead, and Walter Bellingrath organized the Waterman Steamship Corporation in 1919 in response to the city’s poor port facilities during World War I....

50 things You Didn’t Know About the Port City

1Hail to the Chief. Mobile’s first five mayors were called presidents. They were appointed, not elected.2More presidents, more hail. Five U.S. Heads of State — Theodore Roosevelt,...

Ask McGehee: 1116 Government St.

Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath had the structure built, but it was never part of his gardens on Fowl River.Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie, bought a 10-room...

The Conqueror's Mask

French dominance during the first 60 years of Mobile's existence certainly contributes to the expression that Mobile is a "French-ified" city. Glimmers of later 18th- and early 19th-century French...

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