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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...

Ask McGehee: What is the history of Baytreat at Battles Wharf in Baldwin County?

Nestled among the waterfront estates of Battles Wharf is a facility owned and operated by Mobile’s Government Street Presbyterian Church. While architecturally resembling many of its neighbors with...

Mobile Spirits

Mobile has been many things to many people, but never a hotbed of temperance. In Colonial times, the home brew of choice was often a pale wine made from...

Life Aquatic

Dip into Mobile’s favorite water spots of the past.

Bay Stumpers

1. How many vehicles crossed the Cochrane Bridge on its first day? 2. When and where was the first modern street pavement in Mobile? 3. When...

Bay Stumpers: The Answers

Click here for the Bay Stumper questions. 1. Five hundred and fifty automobiles made the trek across the bridge. 2. Mayor Walter F. Walsh did the...

Ask McGehee: A “Warehouse District” in Mobile?

While it was not officially called the warehouse district, there was, beginning in the 19th century, a small city of warehouses between Water Street and...

Shrimp Boat Revival

Skip Jones flips through a photo album of before-and-after pic-tures of the shrimp boat he has spent the past four years resurrecting. The underlying theme of the record...

Ask McGehee: What ever happened to the Bienville Hotel?

In 1900, it was announced that Mobile would soon have a new hotel on the northwest corner of St. Francis and St. Joseph streets. The northern side...

Ask McGehee: Mobile buildings had a lot more ironwork in years past. What...

In 1839, the popular architect Asher Benjamin recommended cast iron in his book, “The Builder’s Guide.” He noted its low cost and the ability to create...

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