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Mobile, Alabama, USA - Church of St. Mary 1453 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, ALABAMA 36604 Established 1867 Source: Google maps

Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934.

At the Battle of Mobile Bay Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." The event occurred on August 5, 1864.

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Church of St. Mary
1453 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, ALABAMA 36604
Established 1867
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Mobile, Alabama, USA

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Church of St. Mary
1453 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, ALABAMA 36604
Established 1867
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Mobile, Ala. Live Oak Tree (Spreading over 100 feet.)
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Mobile, Ala. Live Oak Tree (Spreading over 100 feet.)
Turner Terminals, Mobile, Ala.
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Turner Terminals, Mobile, Ala.
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(Fort Whiting) Brookley Field Recreational Center, Mobile, Alabama
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(Fort Whiting) Brookley Field Recreational Center, Mobile, Alabama

"The exterior of Fort Whiting Armory, located at Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the armory was paid for by the federal government during the Great Depression. Completed in 1938, the armory is named for Julian Wythe Whiting, a Confederate general during the Civil War who fought in the Battle of Mobile Bay. It is now one of the locations where soldiers with the Alabama National Guard train."
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1702 - Mobile, Alabama founded
Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702.
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1811 - Washington Academy founded in Mobile

1813 - U. S. captured Mobile from Spanish

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1839 - September 9 – In the Great Fire of Mobile, Alabama hundreds of buildings are burned.

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September 9, 1839
1854 - Mobile
Mobile, a city and port of entry of Alabama, and capital of Mobile county, is situated on the W. bank of Mobile river, immediately above its entrance into the bay of the same name, 30 miles N. from the Gulf of Mexico, 330 miles by water S. W. from Montgomery, 106 miles E. by N. from New Orleans, and 1033 miles from Washington. Lat. 30° 41' 48" N., Lon. 87° 59' W. It is by far the most considerable town of the state both in population and commerce, and, next to New Orleans, is the greatest cotton market in the United States. Population in 1840, 12,072 ; and in 1850, 20,515. The site is a level sandy plain, sufficiently elevated for the purpose of convenient drainage, being about 15 feet higher than the bay. The streets are wide, and mostly run N. and S. and E. and W. Much attention has recently been paid to planting shade-trees, and the city is supplied with spring water brought from the distance of several miles. It is not compactly built, excepting the portion occupied by the... Read MORE...

1861 - January 4 - US Ft Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama

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1863 - September 5 - Bread revolt in Mobile Alabama

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1865 - Great Magazine Explosion
On May 25, 1865, in Mobile, Alabama, in the Southern United States, an ordnance depot or "magazine" exploded, killing some 300 persons. This event occurred just after the end of the American Civil War, during the occupation of the city by victorious Federal troops.

The depot was a warehouse on Beauregard Street, where the troops had stacked some 200 tons of shells and powder. Some time in the afternoon of May 25, a cloud of black smoke rose into the air and the ground began to rumble. Flames shot up into the sky and bursting shells were heard throughout the city. In the nearby Mobile River, two ships sank, and a man standing on a wharf was blown into the river. Several houses collapsed from the concussion.

On the heels of the explosion came fires, which burned until the entire northern part of Mobile lay in smoking ruins. A huge hole where the warehouse once stood remained for many years, a reminder of the disaster.
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May 25, 1865
1868 - February 24 - 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)

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February 24, 1868
1885 - FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION.
Mobile, Ala., June 24. - There was a terrific explosion of the boiler of Mountain & Son's grist mill, on St. Louis, near Water street, this afternoon, caused by defective iron and over pressure. The boiler house was torn to pieces, the brick walls were knocked down, and buried three persons in the ruins.

Fortunately no fire broke out, and the victims were rescued except a fireman of the establishment, HARRY SCOTT, who lost his life. JOSEPH RICHARDSON, a blacksmith, sometimes employed at the mills, was rescued still living, but died shortly afterward. SCOTT'S wife, who had just brought him his dinner and was seated with him in the doorway, was blown 20 feet out into the neighboring yard and was seriously injured. A drayman, LEVI MATHEWS, who was entering the boiler house with a load of wood, was struck on the head and killed. All of the victims are colored.
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June 25, 1885
February 13, 1889 - It was the coldest morning of record along the Gulf Coast. The temperature plunged to -1 degree at Mobile AL.

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1895 - Mobile
Mobile, a city, port of entry, and capital of Mobile co, Ala., is situated on the W. bank of the Mobile River, at its en trance into the bay of the same name, 30 miles N. of the Gulf of Mexico, 165 miles E. by N. of New Orleans, 178 miles by rail S.W. of Montgomery, and 1033 miles from Washington. Lat. 30°41' 48" N.; ion. 87°59' w. It is by far the most considerable city of the state in population and commerce, and ranks third £ in the United States. The site is a level sandy plain, sufficiently elevated for convenient drainage, being about 15 feet higher than the bay. The streets are wide, and mostly extend N. and S. or E. and W. Much attention has been paid to planting shade trees, and the city is supplied with spring water brought from a distance of several miles. It is not compactly built, except the portion occupied by the commercial houses. On the S, and W. sides of the city are dry, sandy pine hills, which afford agreeable retreats during the hot season...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Mobile, a city, port of entry, and capital of Mobile co., Ala., is situated on the W. bank of the Mobile River, at its entrance into the bay of the same name, 30 miles N. of the Gulf of Mexico and 140 miles ENE. of New Orleans. Lat. 30° 42' N. ; Lon. 88° W. It is the leading city of the state in commerce and occupies an important position in the cotton-market of the United States. The site is a level sandy plain, sufficiently elevated for convenient drainage, being about 15 feet higher than the bay. The city is not compactly built, except the portion occupied by the commercial houses, and the shaded streets of magnolia and live-oak, together with the numerous gardens, give it a pleasingly restful appearance. On the S. and W. sides of the city are dry, sandy pine hills, which afford agreeable retreats during the hot season. The most prominent buildings are the Federal building, cotton exchange, court-house, marine hospital, Southern Market, Odd Fellows' and Temperance Halls, and the... Read MORE...


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1916 - July 5 - A hurricane produced 82 mph winds, an 11.6 foot tide, and a barometric pressure of 28.92 inches at Mobile, AL.

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1919 - MOBILE POWER PLANT BADLY WRECKED. BOILER EXPLOSION KILLS ONE, HURTS 13, DOES $500,000 DAMAGE.
(By United Press.)
Mobile, Ala., Feb. 22. - Workmen were busy early today clearing away the debris from the explosion in Mobile's power house last night, in an effort to put the plant in condition to furnish the city with light and power by tonight.

The city was plunged into darkness at 8:20 o'clock last night when the main boiler of the plant exploded, killing one and injuring 13 men. Four of the injured are now expected to die. No names are available as yet, as all have not been removed from the wreckage.

Buildings were rocked for blocks around by the force of the explosion. The monetary damage is estimated at more than $500,000. Mobile industries which depended upon the plant for power are idle today.
Fire broke out in the power house shortly after one o'clock this morning and added to the destruction.
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February 22, 1919
1934 - Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile.

1943 - May 25 - Riot at Mobile Ala shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

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Mobile is the 5th wettest city in the U.S., averaging 65.28 inches of precipitation per year.

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Mobile:
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park:

Explore the USS Alabama battleship and other military aircraft and memorials. It's a fascinating experience for history buffs.

Mobile Bay:

Take a stroll along the bay, enjoy the scenic views, and perhaps catch a sunset. You can even take a boat tour to learn more about the area.

Explore Downtown Mobile:

Wander around downtown Mobile, where you'll find charming streets, historic architecture, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Mobile Carnival Museum:

Dive into the rich Mardi Gras history of Mobile at this museum, featuring elaborate costumes, colorful floats, and the fascinating traditions of the annual celebration.

Bienville Square:

Relax in this picturesque park located in the heart of downtown. It's a great spot for a picnic or just to unwind.

Explore Dauphin Street:

Dauphin Street is known for its lively atmosphere, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops. It's the perfect place for a night out on the... Read MORE...

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