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Steel and Magnolias: A Day Trip to Mobile

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An April 2005 trip to Mobile by Wildcat Dianne

Close up of the USS Alabama-Mobile Bay, AL Photo, Mobile, Alabama More Photos
Quote: Mobile, Alabama, is a short ride from my sister's home in Pensacola, Florida. We took a day trip to see the Battleship USS Alabama, the historic Ft. Conde, and a little of the city.

Steel and Magnolias: A Day Trip to Mobile

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Overview

Close up of the USS Alabama-Mobile Bay, AL Photo, Mobile, Alabama
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Mobile is a city known for its Southern charm and antebellum architecture. But many people don't know that Mobile is also home to the 18th-century Fort Conde and the decorated battleship of the USS Alabama, which is permanently docked in Mobile Bay west of the city center. Mobile is and was a busy port dating from the early 18th century. It was in 1702 that the French founded Mobile and established its architecture and culture to the American South. During the American Revolution, Mobile was an important port for British ships for the Southern campaign, but the Spanish overran Mobil...Read More

Felix's Fish Camp

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Restaurant

Felix's Fish Camp Photo, Mobile, Alabama
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I love seafood and my sister Erika doesn't, but she knew I wanted to try at least one good seafood restaurant during my visit to Florida and Alabama. We needed a restaurant that served chicken or beef as well as seafood, and Felix's Fish Camp fit our needs just right! After touring Fort Conde and getting lost in Mobile looking for the fort, Erika and I were two very starved wolves, and we wasted no time in getting to Felix's Fish Camp. The exterior looks like an old fishing shack, and the interior is a la "Pirates of the Caribbean (where's Johnny Depp?!) We were seated immediately at a window seat with a view of the murky Mobile Bay and given menus to peruse. Our waiter, Jacob, came to us im...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

Felix's Fish Camp
3521 Battleship Pkwy.
Mobile, Alabama 36527
(251) 626-6710

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

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Attraction | "The USS Alabama Memorial Park"

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Photo, Mobile, Alabama
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The USS Alabama is one of the most decorated American battleships to serve in the US Navy. During World War II, the Alabama, or the "Mighty A" as it was known to the men who served on her, won nine battle stars for heroic service during the Battles of Leyte, Okinawa, Gilbert Islands, etc., in the Pacific Theater. The USS Alabama is a South Dakota-class destroyer that was commissioned on August 16, 1942. She is 311 feet and 8 inches long, with a 27-foot-wide beam, and weig...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Pkwy
Mobile, Alabama 36601
251 433 2703

Fort Conde/Church Street Historical District Photo, Mobile, Alabama
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When I did my research for our trip to Mobile, I was interested in seeing the 18th-century Fort Conde and the nearby Church Street Historical District. After getting lost in downtown Mobile with crappy directions from Yahoo! Maps and getting hungry and tired, we had to pull over for gas at the Shell station on Government Street. There, I got the right directions from the manager, and Erika and I were on our way again. Fort Conde was built by the French in 1724 (the one that stands there today is a replica from 1976). Mobile was under British occupation during the American Revolution until 1780, when the Spanish, who had joined the American cause, attacked Fort Conde and drove the British out ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 22, 2005

Fort Conde/Church Street Historical District
Church and Royal Streets
Mobile, Alabama

More Facts About the the Mighty A

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Story/Tip

In front of the guns of the USS Alabama Photo, Mobile, Alabama
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Here are some more facts about the USS Alabama that weren't mentioned in the other entries. In addition to winning nine battle stars in the Pacific Theater, the USS Alabama shot down 22 enemy aircraft and had a very low casualty rate during its World War II service. Only five soldiers from the Alabama were killed in action, and that was from a friendly-fire incident in 1944. After the Alabama was decommissioned and permanently moored in Mobile Bay in 1969, many m...Read More