Category Archives: History

Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 26, 2016

ELSANOR, Alabama — Residents have been given more time to save the original Elsanor School building after school officials confirmed this past week that new classrooms slated for construction beginning this summer would be built at a different location on campus.

via Residents given more time to save original Elsanor School building – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com

April 25, 2016

If you were planning on doing any business with the state of Alabama today, you will need to reschedule.

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, meaning state offices and courts are closed in honor of those who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day is marked by a handful of celebrations around Southern states but only Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi designate the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Six other states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas – celebrate similar events at various times during the year.

via State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com.

Hauntings of the Daphne Masonic Hall — The Serpents of Bienville

April 13, 2016

The woods around the Haunted Masonic Lodge in Daphne, Alabama are not haunted by the spirits called upon by the weirdly rumored rituals that go along with masonic conspiracy, but by a man and his brother involved in a devastating accident. A group of Union soldiers were transporting supplies when they were ambushed by a group of Confederates. The wounded were taken to a shelter, but one man that was shot in the head was unresponsive to those trying to help him.

via Hauntings of the Daphne Masonic Hall — The Serpents of Bienville.

Bidding farewell to a landmark in Elsanor – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 26, 2016

ELSANOR, Alabama — Crowded between portables down a dead-end road behind Elsanor School sits an almost forgotten building that has served Baldwin County school students for over a century. The building has aged during its long existence and must be either moved or torn down when the new classrooms at Elsanor Elementary are constructed in the near future.

via Bidding farewell to a landmark in Elsanor – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Bon Secour History – Shrimping

March 20, 2016

Commercial fishing in South Baldwin County is a multi-million dollar industry with market demands for shrimp, oysters, and fish exceeding the supply. It is an industry with eye appeal and atmosphere as one watches a shrimp trawler glide in waters of Bon Secour River or the Intercoastal Canal. Artists try to translate on canvas the peaceful fleet of shrimp boats docked, their nets drying in the sun. A photographer tries to capture on film the strength of a shrimp boat with rigs spread like majestic wings pulling the nets in waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

via Bon Secour History – Shrimping.

Unique Columbus ship replicas dock in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

March 07, 2016

Columbus Ships in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

An important piece of American history has docked in Gulf Shores.

Replicas of the same ship Christopher Columbus sailed are in Gulf Shores until Wednesday, and you can climb aboard. Crews on the Pinta and Nina ships, the only replicas to tour the U.S, have let down their sails to give tours of the ship Christopher Columbus used to sail the ocean blue in 1492.

via Unique Columbus ship replicas dock in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Historic Point Clear School comes down – FOX10 News | WALA

March 04, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Demolition is underway on the old Point Clear School.  The school building burned in January of 2014 and has since become a hazard.  Zelda Calloway stopped by one last time on Thursday, March 03, 2016 to say goodbye to a big part of her history.  Calloway and her two brother went to school at the Point Clear School in the 1940s and she has many fond memories.

via Historic Point Clear School comes down – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Golf scramble to benefit Baldwin County Heritage Museum – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 11, 2016

ELBERTA, AL – The third Annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Baldwin County Heritage Museum (BCHM) will be Wednesday, Feb. 25, at GlenLakes Golf Club in Foley.

We are looking for sponsors ($100/hole), donations and four-person teams. The cost is $60 per golfer which includes a cart, 18 holes of golf, lunch and prizes, raffles and a fun day.

via Golf scramble to benefit Baldwin County Heritage Museum – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com

February 06, 2016

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported quarterback Ken Stabler had chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he died. Colon cancer took Stabler’s life on July 8. He had his brain donated to Boston University for its research into CTE, a generative brain disease tied to repeated blows to the head.

On Saturday, Stabler will be in the news again, and the report could be happier – or another disappointment for the family and fans of the former Foley High School three-sport star and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback.

via Will the Pro Football Hall of Fame finally open its doors to Ken Stabler on Saturday? | AL.com.

Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com

February 06, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s three daughters will be in San Francisco on Saturday, representing their father as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee decides if the Snake should be enshrined with the Class of 2016.

Stabler’s daughters – Kendra, Marissa and Alexa – are there because their father can’t be. Colon cancer claimed Stabler’s life on July 8.

Stabler, a Foley native who starred at Alabama before spending 15 seasons in the NFL, is one of the 18 finalists to be considered by the Selection Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. He’s a finalist for the fourth time, but it’s his first try as a nominee of the Senior Committee, which examines overlooked stars whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.

via Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com.

New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too

January 09, 2016

The dinner bell is finally ringing at Pondera Plantation in Lillian.

“One guy said, 18 years? and I said, well I got it finished though didn’t I?”

Using timbers he pulled from Perdido Bay and doing most of the work himself, it is packed with thousands of items owner Tim Lett has collected over the years. “There are 26 civil war newspapers in the whole building. A lot of history here.”

via New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too.

GulfQuest Museum Combines Entertainment and Education | Outdoor Alabama

December 11, 2015

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum

With the holiday season upon us, plenty of people will be traveling around the state. Usually there is a bit of “down” time during the holidays, and a new exhibit on the Alabama coast should be on everybody’s must-see list.

It’s called the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast on the banks of the Mobile River in downtown Mobile.

I need to add one cautionary note: Allow plenty of time to enjoy the enormous museum. An hour or two is just not going to be enough time. Plan to spend at least four hours or more to do justice to the bountiful knowledge and experience that can be gained from exploring the five decks of a simulated sea-going vessel. The 90 exhibits, many of them interactive, provide examples of the shipping industry, the ship-building industry, marine recreational opportunities and the natural resources utilized to make life on the Gulf Coast so enjoyable and important to our nation’s economy.

via GulfQuest Museum Combines Entertainment and Education | Outdoor Alabama.

USS Alabama to feature Living History re-enactments Saturday, Sunday | AL.com

December 07, 2015

A Living History demonstration at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park will demonstrate aspects of life aboard the warship this weekend.

The Alabama’s Living History Crew will be aboard the Alabama on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13, according to information provided by the park. Among other activities, the re-enactors will conduct a weapons briefing that explains the various systems aboard the ship.

via USS Alabama to feature Living History re-enactments Saturday, Sunday | AL.com.

After 100 years, America’s most unique postal route stands the test of time | The Pulse

November 09, 2015

It’s mid-morning and the shadows of thick, green trees beginning to be thinned by the cooler Autumn weather ripple across the blue-grey waters of the Magnolia River. The smell of pine is in the air and an occasional fish splashes through the glassy surface of the water.

The silence is interrupted by the chugging of a small motorboat, bringing the mail to the people who live along the riverbank in Magnolia Springs, about halfway between Mobile and Pensacola.

Magnolia Springs is a little-known town along the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The community is hidden away amongst thousands of acres of forest, creeks and river country. So of all things you might expect to see — emerging from the morning mist here— a lone man, delivering mail by boat, probably isn’t one of them.

via After 100 years, America’s most unique postal route stands the test of time | The Pulse.

Winston Groom’s ‘The Generals:’ Patton, MacArthur, Marshall walk tall | AL.com

November 09, 2015

When the subject of Veterans Day comes up, author Winston Groom immediately reaches back, recalling its origin as Armistice Day, recalling childhood memories of men wearing poppies.

Many years have passed since the young Groom would accompany his father to downtown Mobile, to his law office in the Van Antwerp Building, to see the veterans parade on Nov. 11. Since then, he’s developed his knack for reaching back into an art form, and it’s an art that’s very much on display in his newest book, “The Generals.”

via Winston Groom’s ‘The Generals:’ Patton, MacArthur, Marshall walk tall | AL.com.

Students tell Foley’s stories from A to Z – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

November 05, 2015

FOLEY — Last year, the fourth grade students of Foley Elementary School constructed a 32-page book of illustrations and poems that celebrated Foley’s history and importance.

The centennial project highlighted important landmarks, businesses and people from Foley’s past with words beginning with each the 26 letters of the alphabet.

via Students tell Foley’s stories from A to Z – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Closing in on the Cuba Libre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

November 04, 2015

(November 3, 2015) – The remaining 16 boats in the fleet of 21 starters in the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana Race had a slow go working their way past the Dry Tortugas today with a 90-mile Gulf Stream crossing ahead of them before they reach the comfort of Marina Hemingway. They began the race with too much wind and now have too little. The finish line will be set up late Tuesday night for finishers expected overnight or early Wednesday.

via Closing in on the Cuba Libre >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News.

Four yachts retire from Pensacola race

November 02, 2015

Pensacola to Cuba Sailboat Race

With rough conditions during the first 24 hours of the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race, four boats have “retired,” stated a Pensacola Yacht Club press release.

The homemade catamaran Surf Rider and the Island Packet 27 Island Sun returned to Pensacola Bay Saturday afternoon. Makani U’l, a Beneteau 40, suffered damage to her jib halyard and roller-furler system and is headed to St. Petersburg for repairs. Midnight Sun II, a Hunter 42, was dismasted at midnight and motored back to Pensacola Yacht Club by 8:30 a.m, said the release.

via Four yachts retire from Pensacola race.

Pensacola to Havana Sailboat Race Leaves October 31st

October 23, 2015

Pensacola to Sailboat Race

A new era in international sailing is about to begin and a boat based in Orange Beach’s Hudson Marina, the Libra, will be one of the boats to make history.

While sailors from Pensacola Yacht Club participated in several races to Cuba in the early part of the 20th century, in a few short days the first race of that kind will go from Pensacola to Havana.

via Pensacola to Havana Sailboat Race Leaves October 31st.

New Alabama Gulf of Mexico Artificial Fishing Reef – Tenneco Boat Fishing Reef or the Captain Shirley J Brown Memorial Fishing Reef – Orange Beach, Alabama

October 18, 2015

The Boat built of Cement in 1943 was known to many as the “Tenneco Boat” or “The Concrete Ship”. It was owned by longtime Pensacola businessman and commercial tugboat and barge operator Capt. Shirley J Brown who acquired it in the 1980′s from the Tenneco Oil Company.

What is known about it is somewhat sketchy. It was built in Saint Marks, Florida during World War II, so the shortage of steel was most likely the reason that it was built from cement and wood rather than steel. At that time many vessels including some cargo ships were being built from “ferro-cement” which imbeded steel rods and wire in the cement to give it strength.

via New Alabama Gulf of Mexico Artificial Fishing Reef – Tenneco Boat Fishing Reef or the Captain Shirley J Brown Memorial Fishing Reef – Orange Beach, Alabama.

Vintage Plane Used in Film Will Feature at Battleship Park

October 18, 2015

This summer, crews were in town filming USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. As part of the story, they used a vintage Catalina PBY flying boat that was donated by a private owner. It was damaged during filming, but we learned just yesterday it will live on as a display at Battleship Park.

Crews were filming in Orange Beach, shooting a scene with this vintage PBY. However, when it landed in the gulf, it began taking on water, damaging the plane and any future hopes of it in the film. After a week in the water, crews were finally able to lift it out. Libby Hill was visiting the set and found herself talking to the pilot.

via Vintage Plane Used in Film Will Feature at Battleship Park.

Foley’s Railroad Heritage Day to include book signing – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

September 24, 2015

Foley Railroad Museum

FOLEY — A boxcar full of fun and freebies, as well as a local author signing his new book, are in store for those planning to help celebrate Railroad Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 26 in downtown Foley.

The Foley Centennial event for the public commemorates the Louisville and Nashville Railroad’s impact on the city’s development from the early 1900s.

via Foley’s Railroad Heritage Day to include book signing – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Vintage photos: Gulf Shores native remembers Mr. Posey and the ‘Iron Pony’ | AL.com

July 21, 2015

Donnie Lambeth grew up on Dixie Graves Road and he remembers Howard Posey, the ‘Iron Pony’ and Posey’s zoo.

“I remember Mr. Posey and rode the Iron Pony many times at his small zoo in Gulf Shores,” Lambeth shared via email. “He had paddle wheel bikes you pedal around a small island with a few local wildlife on it.”

via Vintage photos: Gulf Shores native remembers Mr. Posey and the ‘Iron Pony’ | AL.com.

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