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Back Story: Senior Bowl, 1968

Turn back time with this photograph from the 19th annual Senior Bowl at Ladd Memorial Stadium.

Ask McGehee: What’s the story behind Downtown’s long-forgotten St. Andrew Hotel?

Like other hotels in Mobile, the St. Andrew flourished during severe housing shortages during World War II.

E.O. Wilson’s Mobile

In 2010, we sat down with naturalist E.O. Wilson to discuss his first work of fiction — a book titled “Anthill” based in large part on his childhood in Mobile.

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of the Catholic Church that is closed on Springhill...

St. Joseph’s Church was dedicated in 1908 and has been vacant since 2018. The parish itself has a much longer history, however.

Lower Alabama’s Satsuma Heritage

Learn the finer points of Lower Alabama’s unique satsuma heritage and pick up some tips for growing the cold-weather citrus in your own backyard.

George Gauld: A Man of Ability

Maritime historian John S. Sledge recounts the story of a Scottish cartographer’s 18th-century visit to Mobile Bay and the stunning map it yielded.

Mobile Tarpons: Pro Football’s Silver Kings

Explore the glory days of minor league football and the little-known story of the 1965 Mobile Tarpons.

Ask McGehee: Where was Mobile’s first movie theatre?

The first moving picture in Mobile was shown at the Mobile Theatre, which stood at the southeast corner of Royal and Conti streets.

The Battle of Mabila

Historian John Sledge relates the violent confrontation between Chief Tascalusa and Hernando de Soto.
Bienville Square fountain

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of the fountain in Bienville Square?

Historian Tom McGehee explores the history of the Ketchum fountain that was recently removed from Bienville Square for restoration.

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