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Bienville Square fountain

Ask McGehee: What’s the history of the fountain in Bienville Square?

Historian Tom McGehee explores the history of the Ketchum fountain that was recently removed from Bienville Square for restoration.

Signs of the Time

Pick apart a 1920s-era photograph of a gang of local youths outside a corner grocery store.

Ask McGehee: What is the history of the lost waterfront resort Frascati?

In 1866, Henry Nabring, an owner of the Battle House Hotel, purchased a 15-acre site at the end of Conception Street and dubbed it Frascati.

An Aerial View of Fort Gaines

An aerial shot of the early 19th-century fort on Dauphin Island is rich with detail, color and history.

Back Story: Christening the S.S. Mobile City, 1920

Take a closer look at this 1920 photograph of the christening of the S.S. Mobile City in Chickasaw.

The History of Yellow Fever in Mobile

An airtight coffin is the ominous symbol of a city paralyzed by a fearsome disease.

The Wreck of the Saint-Antoine

An 18th-century maritime mishap provoked a tense Franco-Spanish standoff over who controlled Mobile Bay.

Ask McGehee: Was Mobile’s electric plant once destroyed by an explosion?

Local historian Tom McGehee gives the full story behind the explosion that took place at Mobile Electric Lighting Company in February 1919.

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What is Mobile’s beer brewing history?

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How long has downtown Mobile had parking meters?

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