There were two surprises on this road trip one was Biloxi Mississippi and the other was Mobile Alabama.
The first thing I noticed off the Interstate was the modern RSA (Retirement Systems of Alabama) Battle House Tower and the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. The tower is the tallest building in Alabama.
The neighborhoods near downtown was a very graphic mix of new and old. Someone had the wisdom not to bulldoze all the old buildings In the De Tonti Square the townhouses were built between 1840 and 1860 . The historic nine block district has many examples of includes numerous examples of the Federal, Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles.
Like many cities in American, there is evidence the downtown was once a thriving area. Today there are many empty storefronts. But there is a hint of a resurgence. On the west side of downtown there are new restaurants and art stores opening.
Alabama’s only saltwater port, Mobile is located at the head of the Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast.
The Port of Mobile is the 12th largest port in the US. The port plays an important role to the city. As early as the 1700’s the port was a key trading center between the French and Native Americans.
The European settlement of Mobile, then known as Fort Louis de la Louisiane , started in 1702, at Twenty-seven Mile Bluff on the Mobile River, as the first capital of the French colony of Louisiana . It was founded by the French Canadian brothers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville to establish control of France’s Louisiana’s claims.Mobile is the first capital of French Louisiana
Population of Mobile is just under 200,000
Hank Aaron was born and raised in Mobile. A section of Capitol Drive was renamed “Hank Aaron Drive”
One of many beautiful homes downtown
One more interesting tidbit
Fifteen years before New Orleans was founded. There were Mardi Gras celebrations taking place in Mobile . It is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States,
Mardi Gras in Mobile has now evolved into a mainstream multi-week celebration across the spectrum of cultures in Mobile, becoming school holidays for the final Monday and Tuesday (some include Wednesday),regardless of religious affiliation.
The Source of some of the pictures is Yahoo.and the historical information is via Wikipedia.