Port City (Trivial) Pursuit – The Answers

1. Legend has it the Copeland outlaw gang buried ____________________ in water-proof kegs in Wragg Swamp, the name of the area where Bel Air Mall is located today. Supposedly, it was never recovered.
$25, 000

2. Former Mobilian and Murphy standout, __________________________, was the first quarterback to play for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama.
Bobby Jackson. He was in his senior year at Alabama when Bryant hit Tuscaloosa.

3. Mobile-born big leaguer, __________________________, hit the first home-park home run in 1965 for the newly franchised Atlanta Braves. 
Tommie Aaron, Hank Aaron’s younger brother, who played first base for the Braves.

4. How long did the Battle of Mobile Bay last?
       A. 30 min.
       B. 5 hours U.S. Admiral David Farragut’s fleet overwhelmed Admiral Franklin Buchanan’s tiny Confederate fleet.
       C. 1 day
       D. 2 weeks

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5. T or F  In 1959, the City of Mobile banned women from wearing high heels.
True. Many women were suing the city for their heels getting caught in drainage vents along the sidewalk, causing them to twist their ankles. The ordinance banned the use of heels “higher than an inch and a half and less than an inch in diameter.”

6. _________________________ prayed for protection against hurricanes as long as he lived and none hit the Mobile area until three years after his death.
Bishop Thomas Toolen (1886-1976) of the Diocese of Alabama.

7. Art patrons who frequent downtown probably don’t know that businessman, contractor and philanthropist Dave Patton built __________________________ in 1927.
The Saenger Theatre

8.  A downtown landmark, there once was a cemetery where ______________ stands today. The remains of those early French and Spanish settlers were moved to the Church Street Cemetery shortly after it opened in 1819.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

9. The City of Mobile is known as the City of Six Flags. Can you name all six? _______________, ________________, __________________, _______________, __________________, _________________
French, British, Spanish, United States, Confederate and the Republic of Alabama, which represented Alabama for about a month during the Civil War.

10.  Mobile’s oldest tree is considered to be ___________________ on Caroline Avenue, thought to have been alive when our nation was founded.
Duffee Oak. For 32 years, Mobile has been declared by the National Arbor Day Foundation, “Tree City U.S.A.”

11. Father Pierre Ladavi’ere, S.J., the priest who successfully served excommunication on ______________________________, is buried at Spring Hill College.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte

12. Albert Stein (1787-1874), once a hydraulic engineer for Napoleon, developed Mobile’s first public ______________________.
Water works. Stein built a pumping station at the foot of Spring Hill on Three-Mile Creek with an elevated water tower where Lyons Park now stands.

13.  What used to be located on St. Anthony Street where Dunbar Middle School currently stands?
       A. A farmer’s market
       B. A law school
       C. A medical school. In 1859, the Medical College of Alabama was founded and continued to operate until 1920 with the exception of the Civil War years (1861-1865).
       D. A library

14.  Andrew Jackson and his Tennessee Volunteers were headquartered in Mobile before the Battle of ___________________ during the War of 1812.
New Orleans.

15.  The Mobile causeway opened in what year?
       A. 1927
       B. 1934
       C. 1940
       D. 1951

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