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Tunnel Vision

Because it is submerged, the Bankhead Tunnel may not seem like a massive structure. But the tunnel, with  its $4 million price tag, was definitely Mobile’s...

Old Iron

For the agriculturally inclined, there must be something almost tender and seductive about restoring antique tractors. It has to be better than my own fantasies about my first...

Ask McGehee: 1116 Government St.

Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath had the structure built, but it was never part of his gardens on Fowl River.Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie, bought a 10-room...

The Conqueror's Mask

French dominance during the first 60 years of Mobile's existence certainly contributes to the expression that Mobile is a "French-ified" city. Glimmers of later 18th- and early 19th-century French...

Ask McGehee: Silver Collection at Museum of Mobile

Col. Edward Lafayette Russell came to Mobile in 1875 as a legal representative for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, which was in bankruptcy. Within eight years of his...

Family Treasure Returns

Debutante season, a time of pageantry and procession, is upon us. In the early 1890s, Col. Edward Lafayette Russell's daughter, above, led a ball...

Ask McGehee: What is the story behind the name of Tuthill Lane in Spring...

What is the story behind the name of Tuthill Lane in Spring Hill?Tuthill Lane earned its name from the family of George Augustus Tuthill. In January of 1849, ...

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