Category Archives: Mobile Alabama

William Bruce discusses Mobile, Alabama and the Gulf Coast region.

What’s With Camden, Alabama? Is There Something in the Water?

As of this month, little Camden, Alabama now claims an incumbent United States Senator, an incumbent member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the incumbent Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alabama, and now the President of the University of Alabama. What is it about Camden? Continue reading

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New Report: Average Wage by County in Alabama Includes Real Surprises

The U.S. Department of Commerce just released a report showing the average wage by Alabama county for the year of 2010. Statewide in Alabama, the average wage per job was $39,626. But the real surprises were in the top counties. Continue reading

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90-Year Old Coppersmith Still Turning Out Lanterns

When Bill Paulk opened his coppersmith company in 1985 at age 64 he says it was as “a retirement business.” Now 26 years later at age 90, Paulk gives no hint of real retirement. He is still handcrafting copper lanterns. Continue reading

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An Adventure Into Prehistoric Alabama

Deep in the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta lies a mysterious island, studied for centuries by explorers, archeologists and historians. As the crow flies, the island is only 24 miles north of downtown Mobile, Alabama. But by other measures, it’s eons away. The site is accessible only by boat. Continue reading

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New Boutique Hotels for Mobile and (Maybe) Fairhope, Alabama

It’s interesting in the current economy that a trend toward small, upscale boutique hotels seems to be gaining traction. The trend is fueled by upscale travelers who disdain the cookie cutter franchised hotels. Boutique hotels tend to have a “wow” factor upon entering the lobby and a better room experience.

In Mobile, Alabama the recently opened Fort Conde Inn is an example. The Inn is the restored Hall-Ford House, which actually is Mobile’s second oldest standing home. Continue reading

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Were There Welsh Explorers on the Shores of Mobile Bay 300 Years Before Columbus “Discovered” America?

Local legend says Prince Madoc and his band of Welsh explorers were on the shores of Mobile Bay over 300 years before Columbus “discovered” America. Continue reading

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