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The Aviators

Even before the Wright Brothers flew a powered heavier-than-air machine at Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903, John Fowler (1862 - 1939), a Mississippi-born clock...

Legendary Laws

Stop in the name of the law! And most of us do because we respect our legal system. Plus, orange jump suits are unflattering. But some laws...

Ask McGehee: Didn’t Mobile once have two different daily newspapers?

In the late 1920s, Mobile had only one newspaper, which published a morning and weekly afternoon edition. Mississippi-born Frederick Ingate Thompson owned The Mobile Register, ...

Bankhead v. Wallace

Tunnel to Towers Race through the tube for a good cause. When firefighter Stephen Siller finished his late shift for Squad 1, Park...

Broken But Not Forgotten

Alabama’s public education system was born at Barton Academy along Government Street in January of 1839. The Greek Revival building, which was first proposed in 1830,...

Ask McGehee: Didn’t Mobile’s Saenger Theatre originally have a pipe organ?

According to news clippings from the opening in January 1927, the Saenger Theatre had every luxury at the time – air-conditioning, uniformed usherettes and “program girls,...

Little Red Schoolhouse

In 1920, The Blakeley School, above and opposite, was erected on Magnolia Church Road, just north of Spanish Fort. It was built according to...

War of 1812: The 200th Anniversary

Most of us know only that the War of 1812 occurred in 1812, and that it wasn’t all that important. The fact is, it was very...

Ask McGehee: When was Government Plaza built, and how did that design ever get...

A Mobile County Courthouse had stood on the southwest corner of Government and Royal streets since 1822.  The fifth and last incarnation had been built in 1958, ...

Ask McGehee: Recently a brick building on Government Street, just east of Broad Street,...

The building, located at 850 Government St., dated to around 1944 when it housed a new A&P grocery store. Until 1928, this lot had held...

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