The character of South Alabama is largely determined by its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico: even the landlocked eastern three-quarters, cut off from the Gulf by the panhandle of Florida, is a region of gently-rising, sandy land drained by many winding, slow-moving streams. The area was not considered very good for agriculture, and so remained sparsely settled until late in the 19th century, by which time much of the native pine forest had been cut down. But the soil proved to be ideal for raising peanuts, and today the largest town in the region, Dothan, bills itself as the Peanut Capital of the World.
But it's the other corner of the region that is the best known: the area of Mobile Bay and the Gulf beaches. The city of Mobile was the first capital of French Louisiana, after its founding in 1702, and it shares much in common with the present state of Louisiana...including Mardi Gras. Mobile's first Mardi Gras "krewe" (a formally organized carnival club) dates to 1830--27 years before the first comparable organization in New Orleans.
Mobile shares much more in common with New Orleans, from its architecture (French, Spanish, and American) to its cuisine (heavily dependent on seafood) to its climate (hot and rainy in summer, but gloriously mild throughout most of the winter).
Situated on Florida's west coast, in the heart of the popular Suncoast, is where you'll find Lake Haven. Residents of this Dunedin, Florida community enjoy the benefits of being within 5 miles of metropolitan Clearwater, and appreciate their close proximi Read more...
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The Latest: Possible twister causes damage in Alabama
Apr 27, 2017 5:49 pm
The Latest on severe storms in Alabama (all times local):
Alabama legislators honor former MLB pitcher Tim Hudson
Apr 27, 2017 5:17 pm
Alabama lawmakers officially praised former MLB pitcher Tim Hudson for his charitable contributions to the state.
Storms prompt tornado warnings in south Alabama
Apr 27, 2017 5:17 pm
Strong storms moving across south Alabama are prompting tornado warnings on the sixth anniversary of a deadly tornado outbreak.
News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
Apr 27, 2017 4:45 pm
Black lawmakers in the Alabama Legislature are criticizing new district lines that are being drawn after a federal court ruled Republicans relied too heavily in race last time. Rep John Knight, a Mont...
Democrats criticize proposed new districts
Apr 27, 2017 4:33 pm
Black lawmakers in the Alabama Legislature are criticizing new district lines that are being drawn after a federal court ruled that Republicans relied too heavily in race last time.
Governor declares tornado anniversary as day of remembrance
Apr 27, 2017 4:25 pm
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has declared Thursday as a day of remembrance in memory of the sixth anniversary of the 62 deadly tornadoes which struck Alabama on April 27, 2011.
Georgia bans funding to 'sanctuary' campuses under new law
Apr 27, 2017 2:25 pm
Private colleges that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities would lose state funding for scholarships and research under a new Georgia law.
7 Marshall County inmates accused of property damage
Apr 27, 2017 12:16 pm
Seven Marshall County inmates are facing property damage charges after authorities say they complained about their jail food.
Couple married for nearly 70 years died minutes apart holding hands
Apr 27, 2017 11:13 am
A true love story: This couple spent nearly seven decades together and passed away just minutes apart, holding hands almost to the end.
School officials warn consequences follow senior pranks
Apr 27, 2017 3:48 am
From Baldwin to Mobile high schools, how far is too far when it comes to a senior prank? Four Murphy High School seniors are finding out the hard way. This after surveillance video caught th...