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Heritage Travel Campaign-Part 23 (Mobile, Alabama)

Part 23 of my "Heritage" travel campaign.

I left Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi and headed east toward Mobile, Alabama.

Mobile has a lot to offer visitors, with respect to tourism. There is the USS Alabama battleship museum, which is a part of the Battleship Memorial Park. There is downtown Mobile that features the History Museum of Mobile, along with the surrounding area which features monuments, memorials, and old architecture which all helps one to understand the history of Mobile much better. Mobile was a colony of France, Britain, and Spain, before becoming a part of the United States in 1813.

Other tourist attractions include Civil War-era forts such as Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Other tourist attractions include Civil War-era forts such as Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Fort Gaines was the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.

There is also Village Point Park Preserve, Bayfront Park, Cooper Riverside Park, and many other tourist attractions.

While in Mobile, I visited downtown Mobile near the History Museum of Mobile, Colonial Fort Condé, and Mardi Gras Park. I first stopped by Battleship Memorial Park, then Fort Gaines, and then the History Museum of Mobile.

Battleship Memorial Park is a military park and museum that displays the USS Alabama, a prominent battleship from WW2 that played roles in campaigns in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, mostly the Pacific. The Park also features a Korean War Memorial and a Vietnam War Memorial, as well as many types of military equipment, weaponry, and vehicles from different eras.

Fort Gaines is a Civil War-era fort that was built in 1821, in honor of Edmund Pendleton Gaines. It is best known for the defense of Mobile in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August of 1864. Even more specifically, it is best known for Admiral David Farragut's famous quote from August 5th, 1864, when he shouted, "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The Union took control of Mobile Bay after the battle, and Mobile surrendered to Union forces on April 12th, 1865. The anchor from Farragut's ship, during the Battle of Mobile Bay, is outside on display, inside the fort, from his ship, USS Hartford today.

The History Museum of Mobile is a part of the downtown historical complex which also includes the Old City Hall (AKA Old Southern Market). The complex was built from 1855 to 1857 and served as a city hall and a marketplace. Today, the Museum features the story of Mobile, since colonial times, in various exhibilts. There are also rotating, changing exhibits that offers something new to new and returning visitors.

Mobile, Alabama was a very important city during WW1 and WW2, as it was a very lucrative ship-building hub, thanks to the Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company.

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