Mobile Alabama

Big guns aboard the USS Alabama
Thomas Wilmer

The USS Alabama (commissioned August 16, 1942) served in the North Atlantic in 1943 and subsequently the South Pacific. With a crew of 2,500 the USS Alabama led the American Fleet in to Tokyo Bay for the formal Japanese surrender at the conclusion of WWII September 5th 1945. 

Blacksmith, Ralph Oalmann teaches history through his craft and presentations at Fort Gaines
Thomas Wilmer

Fort Gaines Historic Site on Daughin Island, Alabama was etched in to the annals of Civil War history as the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay where Union Naval Admiral Farragot shouted the legendary order, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.”

History Museum of Mobile front entry
Tom Wilmer

The History Museum of Mobile chronicles the region’s 300-year history of French and Spanish occupation through via artifacts and engaging interpretive displays. Equally enticing are the displays of indigenous Native American life, and the American era that commenced in the dawning days of the 1800's. Join tour guide Brandi Agnew for an insightful tour of the history museum in Mobile, Alabama.

Mobile, Alabama's Carnival Museum
Tom Wilmer

Mobile, Alabama celebrated its first Mardi Gras carnival back in 1703, years before New Orleans. Today the two-week annual affair generates more than 12,000 year round jobs supporting the Carnival, from hair dressers to float builders. Carnival is such a big deal, it's a State and local holiday. Join Judi Gulledge, Executive Director of the Mobile Carnival Association at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

John Serda owner of Serda's Coffee Company in downtown Mobile, Alabama
Tom Wilmer

A visit with John Serda, founder of Serda’s Coffee Company in downtown Mobile, Alabama. John talks about sourcing Costa Rican organic coffee and his current project, Serda Brewing. John also talks about Mobile’s renaissance with a litany of new locally owned restaurants that have added a new vibrancy to downtown and the nightlife scene.

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Carnival character in downtown park, Mobile, Alabame
Tom Wilmer

Mobile, Alabama is steeped in history with living legacy of the French colonial era to the Civil War. Today its vibrant economy is palpable, from a hopping nightlife to a burgeoning fine dining scene. The economy is strong, with players like Airbus Industries, shipbuilding and an embarkation port for Carnival Cruise Lines. Join David Clark, President and CEO of Visit Mobile Alabama as he shares his insights and recommendations.