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Ask McGehee: Was there ever a hotel in Spring Hill?

Actually there were two. Spring Hill got its name from the numerous springs in the area. Between the good water supply and  higher altitude, the locale was...

Mobile Remembers

Judy Culbreth  Editorial Consultant, Mobile Bay Magazine "On September 11, 2001, I was working at Scholastic, Inc., on Broadway and Prince Street....

Camp Beckwith of Yesterday

In 1932, the family of the late Episcopal Bishop C.M. Beckwith donated his summer home on the west side of Weeks Bay to the Diocese of Alabama. The...

Ask McGehee: “Dixey” Shipwreck

“Dixey” is the correct spelling. It comes from an ill-fated clipper ship, the Robert H. Dixey, which was launched from Boston in 1855. The ship was...

ELVIS! The Early Years

Even the legendary Elvis Aaron Presley paid his dues as a struggling young musician. In early May of 1955, Elvis and 25 other artists, billed as “Hank Snow and...

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...

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