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Historic Stockton home burns down, owner suspects arson

February 14, 2019

STOCKTON, Ala. (WKRG) -- A historic home in Stockton went up in flames Tuesday night, and the owner of the building thinks someone intentionally set it on fire.

The house on Cottage Hill Road has been there for 119 years, according to owner Albert Crane. He bought it in 2004 as a rental property.

The building is a total loss.


Source: Historic Stockton home burns down, owner suspects arson

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Fairhope History Museum moving forward after director fired for “performance issues” | WPMI

February 07, 2019
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — Fairhope city officials said the city's history museum is now focused on moving forward after its director was fired. The Fairhope Museum of History has a wealth of century old artifacts, photos, and interactive exhibits. It has long attracted folks looking to know more about the quaint, quickly growing city.
Source: Fairhope History Museum moving forward after director fired for "performance issues" | WPMI
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Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores | al.com

February 06, 2019
Working on tips from locals, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient canal cut through the sandy soil of the Fort Morgan peninsula 1,400 years ago. The canal, dug in 600 A.D., once ran south from Oyster Bay to the northern shore of Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores. It would have served as a sort of prehistoric super highway, facilitating travel by dugout canoe from Mobile Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
Source: Ancient Native American canal discovered in Gulf Shores | al.com
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Volunteers unravel mystery of ancient site in Fort Morgan | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 13, 2019
Hidden in plain sight. That’s how archeologists describe the prehistoric canal that links Oyster Bay and Little Lagoon built thousands of years ago by Native Americans. The 8 foot deep, 30 feet wide, half mile long canal was hand-dug by those early people only after they cleared the Earth of its thick forest - all without the use of modern tools. Early carbon dating results put their Herculean effort some 1,400 years ago.
Source: Volunteers unravel mystery of ancient site in Fort Morgan | GulfCoastNewsToday.com
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“Making Alabama,” a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit opens at Baldwin County Coliseum | fox10tv.com

December 09, 2018
A one-of-a-kind exhibit opens in Baldwin County Thursday night, December 6, 2018 and will only be there for the next two weeks. “Making Alabama,” a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit highlights Alabama’s rich and diverse history. The opening ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. at the Baldwin County Coliseum and the public is invited.
Source: "Making Alabama," a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit opens at Baldwin County Coliseum | News | fox10tv.com
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“Making Alabama,” a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit opens at Baldwin County Coliseum | fox10tv.com

December 07, 2018
A one-of-a-kind exhibit opens in Baldwin County Thursday night, December 6, 2018 and will only be there for the next two weeks. “Making Alabama,” a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit highlights Alabama’s rich and diverse history. The opening ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. at the Baldwin County Coliseum and the public is invited.
Source: "Making Alabama," a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit opens at Baldwin County Coliseum | News | fox10tv.com
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Civil War blockade runner uncovered in Fort Morgan surf | al.com

November 27, 2018

The wreck of the Ivanhoe, a Confederate blockade runner, has been uncovered in the surf along Fort Morgan.

The Ivanhoe dates to the Civil War. It was an iron hulled paddlewheel steamer built in Scotland in May of 1864. The ship was sunk on its maiden voyage just seven weeks later as it attempted to steam into Mobile Bay, past the Union naval blockade set up between Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. At the time, the Confederates still controlled both forts. The Union ships patrolled the mouth of the bay just outside of the reach of the cannons in the forts.


Source: Civil War blockade runner uncovered in Fort Morgan surf | al.com

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In ‘The Allies,’ Winston Groom returns to World War II | al.com

November 17, 2018
Sometimes when author Winston Groom is researching one of his historical nonfiction books, he likes to ponder the question of which of his subjects he’d most like to have a beer with. In “The Allies,” there was a clear loser. "I wouldn't like to have anything with Joe Stalin," Groom said. "He was a monster."
Source: In ‘The Allies,’ Winston Groom returns to World War II | al.com
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In ‘The Allies,’ Winston Groom returns to World War II | al.com

November 12, 2018
Sometimes when author Winston Groom is researching one of his historical nonfiction books, he likes to ponder the question of which of his subjects he’d most like to have a beer with. In “The Allies,” there was a clear loser. "I wouldn't like to have anything with Joe Stalin," Groom said. "He was a monster."
Source: In ‘The Allies,’ Winston Groom returns to World War II | al.com
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Future repairs to Fort Pickens Road up for vote | WEAR

October 02, 2018
(WEAR) — Nature has been both an enemy and a blessing for Fort Pickens Road.During storms, often several feet of beach sand and sea water overtops the roadway and forces the seashore to close the road for days, weeks, or months at a time.Gulf Island National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said the next time Fort Pickens Road is destroyed by a storm, they could decide not to repair it.
Source: Future repairs to Fort Pickens Road up for vote | WEAR

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