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Ask McGehee: What was the cause of the great explosion in Mobile at the end...

Although the war had ended with Mobile largely unscathed, that all changed at 2:15 p.m. on May 26, 1865. An explosion larger than any imagined during the wars rocked the city.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of Mobile’s old Spanish Guard Tower?

Explore the fascinating history of Mobile's Old Spanish Guard Tower, from its origins as a jailhouse to its iconic role as a symbol of vigilance and justice in the city's development.

What Happened to the Cowbellions?

Mobile’s original mystic society, which reigned supreme over celebration and mirth in 19th-century Mobile, danced into oblivion some 60 years after it was founded.

Ask McGehee: Wasn’t an earlier U.S. battleship named Alabama?

The USS Alabama, which has been a popular tourist draw since 1965, was not the first military vessel to bear that name but was the second battleship so named.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of Hammel’s Department Store?

Every major American city was once defined by its fine department stores.  Mobile originally had two: Gayfer’s and Hammel’s.

The History Behind Chin’s Laundry and Cleaners

The Chin Family’s story spans from China to Mobile, where they became integral community members and business owners

A Good Time Was Had by All

With family history in the venue and family staples on the menu, the Namans know how to let the good times roll.

The USO in Mobile

Turn back time with this 1940’s photograph from the Mobile chapter of USO

Ask McGehee: Where did the name of the Leinkauf historic district originate?

That designated district, located south of Government Street, is named for the historic public school located on Church Street.

Ask McGehee: Who designed Mobile’s Battle House Hotel?

Although routinely missing from a list of his creations, the Battle House Hotel was designed by renowned architect Frank Mills Andrews in 1906.

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