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.
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.
FOLEY- New signs that identify historic homes and businesses in the city limits of Foley are popping up. Recognizing homes that are 85 years old or older and businesses that have operated for 50 years or more is one of many projects to celebrate Foley’s centennial year.
via Foley historic homes, businesses now identified with signs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Telling a good story through film is an incredibly challenging task, which is made additionally difficult when taking on a true story.
But for Director Mario Van Peebles, the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is one he had to tell.
“Every now and then you run into a story that’s so unusual, so incredible that you’ve got to tell it. And the more I studied about the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the more I said, ‘This is one of those stories that we’ve got to tell,’” Van Peebles said.
via Executive producer: “We’re making a piece of history” – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A vintage PBY plane intended for use in the film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,”– which was being filmed last week in Orange Beach– broke apart on Thursday during a salvage attempt.
“The vintage PBY being used by production met a tragic end at the hands of the sea, and the salvage company was unable to save the aircraft,” said “USS” producers Michael Mendelssohn and Richard Rionda del Castro said.
via WWII – era plane flown in for film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” falls apart during salvage attempt | AL.com.
Patriotic picnics, performances, pyrotechnics and a parade will mark America’s 239th birthday in Baldwin County communities this weekend.
No less than nine Fourth of July fireworks shows are scheduled Saturday from Bay Minette to Pleasure Island to the Eastern Shore.
Leading up to Saturday’s nighttime festivities numerous red, white and blue celebrations and activities will dot the county, too.
via Baldwin County stacked with Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks | AL.com.
Controversy surrounding the confederate flag continues and its historical significance is being weighed against what it represents. The state of Alabama took the flag down Tuesday morning, June 24, 2015 in the wake of the Charleston killings.
The flag is part of numerous county and municipal seals throughout the southeast, including Baldwin County. The seal was originally designed in 1959 for the county’s sesquicentennial and later adopted by the Baldwin County Commission in 1974. Within the seal are several symbols representative of the county’s history, including the confederacy.
via Baldwin County has no plans to remove confederate flag from seal – FOX10 News | WALA.
If your Facebook feed is full of reports about sharks closing down Alabama beaches, have no fear: check the dates on the stories.
Old stories about the waters of Orange Beach being closed due to shark activity began making the rounds on social media yesterday. A 2014 article from AL.com newspartner WHNT about the closure popped up in so many places that the station was contacted by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism official stressing that the beaches are open.
via Sharks closing down Alabama's beaches? That's so last year | AL.com.
A year-long boat exhibit is now open at the Fairhope Museum of History highlighting the maritime history there. It’s called the “All Aboard” Bay Boat Exhibit featuring model-scale replicas of the steamers that played such a vital role in the city’s history in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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via Historic Bay Boats featured at Fairhope museum – FOX10 News | WALA.
Gulf Shores wasn’t a booming beach town in the 1950s. There were no condominiums or souvenir shops.
Despite the lack of things to see, the beach area was growing. According to the Birmingham News, the southern Baldwin County town could thank Birmingham for its real estate boom.
via Vintage photos: How Birmingham helped Gulf Shores grow in the 1950s | AL.com.
A small, tenacious group that helped preserve one of Baldwin County’s most historic spots is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
After forming in 1995, the Village Point Foundation worked with Daphne to save the city’s last expanse of undeveloped bayfront land. Archeologists digging there have unearthed artifacts from native American times and from English, British and French settlements.
via Dig it: Daphne bay park founders invite public to celebrate 20th anniversary | AL.com.
When Ruth Balzli went to bed this time last year, it was raining. “We really didn’t think too much about it,” she says, “It just kept raining and raining and storming.”
Her sleep wouldn’t last long as Fish River overflowed it’s banks and then some.
“Within an hour the water was over the tops of the cars,” Balzli remembers.
via A Year After Historic Baldwin Flood.
It didn’t matter that the figurines were once caked in dust, shoved arbitrarily on some shelf. Or that the glass jugs, which appeared to be about as common as kudzu, weren’t in their best shape.
The auction for hundreds of items housed at Manci’s Antique Club, Daphne’s venerable local watering hole and restaurant, was no doubt fueled by the willingness of some to pay a little extra for a piece of nostalgia.
via Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com.
One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Confederate Army sputtered its last gasp.
The Civil War had technically ended hours earlier when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of the Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House.
The surrender meant nothing to the Union and Confederate soldiers locked in a bitter struggle at Blakely.
“Of course, the news hadn’t reached here yet,” said Lonnie Burnett, a history professor at the University of Mobile.
via Today is anniversary of the last major Civil War battle – watch it here | AL.com.
Baldwin County officials said they’re facing a challenge finding money to pay for maintenance of a 300 acre park in the northern part of the county.
Park officials are looking at funding ideas for a facility that showcases the county’s rich history.
PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE
Bicentennial Park is located on more than 360 acres off Highway 225, just north of I-65.
It’s dedicated to preserving the county’s cultural heritage.
via What’s next for Baldwin County’s Bicentennial Park? – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOLEY, Ala. — People looking to learn more about the city of Foley need only lace up their shoes and head downtown this Saturday.
Every Saturday this month, the Alabama Tourism Department has encourage numerous cities across the state — including Foley — to host walking tours to help familiarize the public with the community.
LaDonna Hinesley, leisure tourism marketing director for the city of Foley, said the city has decided to participate in the walking tours this year as a walk to celebrate the city’s centennial.
via Walking tours set to continue this Saturday in Foley – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Like silent guardians of ancient ruins, pine trees tower over a high bluff in Spanish Fort where 150 years ago Confederate soldiers manned Fort McDermott during the Union’s two-week siege of Spanish Fort.
Underbrush and a tangle of vines around the trees were cleared over the last year by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Raphael Semmes Camp 11, revealing the well-preserved earthworks of the former Confederate battery, once studded with Brooke rifles.
The donors of the three acres, the Fuller family, had the foresight to preserve the land while developing the sprawling Spanish Fort Estates all around it.
via Reclamation project turning Civil War fort into memorial park in Spanish Fort | AL.com.
You may recognize him as a former Alabama senator or you’ve passed him along the hallways of the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse in Foley. Albert Lipscomb of Magnolia Springs has been a longtime resident of Baldwin County, and it all began with his great-great grandfather William Lipscomb around 1880.
Lipscomb was born in Fairhope, the youngest of six sons. Lipscomb attended Foley High School where he played football, including Ivan Jones’ last year as head football coach in 1968. He graduated in 1969 and graduated from Mobile College — now the University of Mobile — in 1977. Lipscomb was part of the Army National Guard, in the 711 Signal Battalion, from 1969 to 1976.
via Former senator living in Magnolia Springs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: People.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – Battlefield history comes alive at Historic Blakeley State Park Saturday as reenactors portraying Confederate and Union troops reenact the assault that was the last battle of the American Civil War 150 years ago.
via Civil War battle will be fought at Blakeley this weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL WALA -Capturing images that will last a lifetime have been a part of Robie Ray’s life for the past 43 years. He’s worked for the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Virginia Pilot and the Mobile Press-Register.Ray has photographed eight presidential inaugurations and several first ladies, as well as Muhammad Ali and artist legends such as Andy Warhol.
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via Photojournalist Robie Ray remembers Selma 50 years ago – FOX10 News | WALA.
At 10:30 a.m. Monday, Kelly Pfannenstiel and Latoria Smith walked through the Baldwin County Probate Office’s doors and entered straight into the history books.
They became the first couple in Baldwin County to apply for a same-sex marriage license approximately 2-1/2 hours after the office opened and its employees were made available to take applications.
via Gulf Shores couple makes history as first same-sex marriage applicants in Baldwin County: ‘We can wait. It will come’ | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – Christopher Columbus made his voyage to the West Indies in 1492 using three ships. You can see replicas of two of those ships in Gulf Shores at Lulu’s marina, where the ships are docked.
You can also take tours on the two replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Nina and the Pinta, throughout the weekend. The Nina was built completely by hand, and it’s called the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. The Santa Maria is too large to travel into small channels and is not on tour.
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via Replicas of Columbus’ ships docked in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.
A longtime Foley volunteer firefighter and World War II and Korean War veteran who spent most of life looking after his brothers in arms was given a final salute Friday. Morgan Jackson Odom, a man who served as a firefighter for 65 years and helped establish the Foley Fire Department in the 1950s, rode on Engine 46 for the last time amid a miles-long funeral procession.
via In Foley, a final salute to longtime volunteer firefighter, World War II veteran | AL.com.
Standing among the crowd in front of a display of memorabilia Tuesday, retired Cmdr. Lonnie Mixon looked upon his own Guard Coast ribbons and medals at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
via Aviation Museum dedicates Coast Guard exhibit.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. – Blakeley State Park has named Mike Bunn to the position of assistant director adding needed strength in several areas of the historic site’s operations, Jo Ann Flirt, Blakeley director, announced this week.
via Blakeley State Park adds new assistant director – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Middle Bay Lighthouse may be moved to Battleship Park in Mobile. Tuesday, the Mobile City Council will vote on a resolution that supports the move. Retired Naval Captain Hal Pierce, who serves on the Lighthouse Association, said once the lighthouse is moved, it will still be accessible by water.
via Middle Bay Lighthouse May be Moved – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15
SILVERHILL, Ala. — The Save the Little Hall Committee hosted an open house and recognition ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Little Bohemian Hall in Silverhill. “This is the biggest crowd we’ve had in here in a long time,” said Save the Little Hall Committee Chairman Frankie Kucera.
via Open house, recognition ceremony for Little Hall held Sunday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, Ala. — Due to the very cold temperatures expected for Thursday morning, the City of Foley today announced its Centennial Committee has decided to move the Centennial Ceremony & Plaza Dedication to the Civic Center on Thursday, Jan. 8th instead of outdoors in the Heritage Park.
via Foley Centennial ceremonies moved indoors for Thursday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY — Foley city leaders estimate that construction of the Centennial Plaza is near completion. During Monday’s City Council meeting, City Administrator Mike Thompson told the council that the project’s site manager expected to have his crew off the Heritage Park site by today.
via Centennial Plaza almost done – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MOBILE, Alabama — Before he yelled out to the men to “shoot those bastards out of the sky,” David Weiss paced across the main deck of the ship — pipe in hand — until he reached a back room. On the PA system, Weiss belted a whistling noise from his pipe before he made his final address to the crew: “All hands. All hands. Must run the fantail for fire demonstration, commencing at 1200,” he said. “Public is invited to observe.”
via Men make the USS Alabama ‘come alive’ with a reenactment of Pearl Harbor | AL.com.