Tag: Mobile History
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
Ask McGehee: What is the history of the Spring Hill Hotel?
According to the May 3, 1903 edition of the Mobile Press-Register, the new Spring Hill Hotel was under construction on the south side of Old Shell Road, just east of today’s McGregor Avenue.
The Mardi Gras Master of Make-Believe
John Augustus Walker changed the world of float design and made Mobile’s Mardi Gras a sight to behold.
A Historian’s Restoration Wish List Ten Years On
A decade ago, MB asked historian John Sledge to share his personal restoration wish list. Happily, the intervening decade has been a strong one for historic preservation in Mobile. Allow us as a brief review of the successes of the past 10 years and a look at what remains in peril.
Ask McGehee: What is the history of Mobile’s Admiral Hotel?
The 12-story hotel was opened in November 1940, and named in honor of Mobile’s Admiral Raphael Semmes. It had been constructed over a course of 15 months at a total cost of $1 million — well over $21 million in today’s dollars.
The Huxford Oil Company
Turn back time with this 1930s photograph of the novel gas station that once stood on the northwest corner of Government and Dearborn streets.
The Story of Marie Grissot and Mobile’s First Midwives
Meet the midwife who battled Bienville when Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana.
Ask McGehee: What is the history of “Skull Island?”
“Skull Island” or “Massacre Island” were names given to what we have long known as Dauphin Island.