Mobile owes a great deal of its present day culture to its location at the mouth of the Mobile River, at the head of Mobile Bay 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Mobile was established by the French in 1702, and was the first capital of French Louisiana. Over the next hundred years Mobile changed hands between and among the French, Spanish, English and, ultimately, the United States. With each change in ownership came a different culture and an early and continuing sense of diversity among peoples. Evidence of these cultures can still be found among the various architectural designs of pre-Civil War buildings and in the names of streets such as Royal, Dauphin and Conception. As a seaport with access to the interior through the Mobile, Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers, the strategic importance of Mobile was not lost on those who sought to control this region of the country, the most famous attempt being the capture of Fort Morgan at the mouth of the Bay during the Civil War by Admiral Farragut, who damned the torpedoes that had sunk the U.S. ironclad Tecumseh. The hulk still remains buried beneath the bottom of Mobile Bay.

The history of Mobile's many cultures continues to influence our outlook on life which is sometimes eccentric (particularly during Mardi Gras, celebrated first in the New World in Mobile), sometimes unpredictable and sometimes loosely referred to as "laid-back." Mobile's history of cultural diversity played a major role in avoiding the confrontations common in other parts of the South during the civil rights struggle in the 1960's. In short, Mobilians, whether natives or newcomers, have developed a strong sense of historic community which complements Mobile's significant presence on the Gulf Coast, now with a metropolitan area population of 540,000. Some examples of this unique mix of history and measured growth are:

  • Mobile continues to be ranked by Money Magazine as one of the "300 Best Places to Live" in the U.S.

  • POLICOM (a publication which measures economic soundness of an area) ranks Mobile 61st among 318 metropolitan economies, and first among all Gulf Coast cities.

  • Forbes Magazine ranked Mobile the fastest growing small metro area between the years 2007 to 2012.

Mobile's mild climate, historic districts, and recreational opportunities attract many visitors to the area and provide a satisfying quality of life for residents. The Gulf beaches are an hour from downtown, and Mobile Bay is a popular sailing and boating spot. Annual tournaments highlight the year-long salt water and fresh water fishing seasons. The city is a major golf and tennis center, and several new award-winning golf courses have opened in the past few years. As the Senior Bowl site, Mobile annually plays host to the nation's football fans, and it has recently landed another NCAA bowl game, the GMAC Bowl, which is played annually in December. Mobile offers AA professional baseball with the Bay Bears playing at Hank Aaron Stadium, named for one of our famous natives. Mobile originated Mardi Gras in the New World and continues to celebrate that season with several weeks of parades, balls, and revelry. Mobile's cultural offerings include the Mobile Ballet, the Mobile Opera (the oldest performing arts organization in the state), the Mobile Symphony, the Centre for the Living Arts, the Gulf Coast Exploreum and IMAX theatre, an award-winning art museum and several very active local theater groups. The city boasts a nationally recognized waterfront convention center, the Alabama Cruise Terminal and the new site for the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast. New restaurants and bars have opened during recent years in the downtown historic area, providing an entertaining nightlife for Mobilians and visitors. For those who want to enjoy additional entertainment and more fine restaurants, New Orleans, and the gulf coast casinos are just a short drive away.

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