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Orange Beach acquires piece of charter fishing history

July 24, 2017
Sea Duster

Sea Duster

There’s a history behind Earl Callaway’s effort to help Orange Beach retain an important piece of its nautical heritage: the vintage Walker charter fishing boat the Sea Duster.

“I tried to give it to ‘em one time and I had to buy it back to get it to ‘em this time,” Callaway said. “This is the second time I’ve owned it.”

via Orange Beach acquires piece of charter fishing history.

Shark teeth help track oceanic changes | Video | NJTV News

July 21, 2017

William Paterson University Researcher Marty Becker went searching for shark teeth 70 feet underwater in Alabama.

“We discovered an ancient cypress forest that was submerged 10 miles off the Alabama coast by sea level rise and had the chance to scuba dive that,” says Becker.

It’s a project out of Gulf Shores Alabama that he’s working on with fellow researchers. The researchers are collecting both modern and fossil shark teeth in order to understand the history of sea level rise.

via Shark teeth help track oceanic changes | Video | NJTV News.

Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com

June 25, 2017

The  ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 60,000 years old, says a team of scientists who have studied the site.

The forest, pictured above, appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place, with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing millennia ago. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing. One of the key things the forest might hint at is a world where the seas rose even more quickly than the worst-case predictions for the near future.

via Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com.

How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Staring at a map, one has to wonder why Alabama’s border makes that strange jag across the top of the Florida Panhandle instead of continuing down to the Gulf. The answer, once you’ve cut through the oddly complicated bit of history surrounding the creation of the state, is a simple one: Alabama lost out on its rightful share of Florida’s Panhandle because our founding fathers decided to take something that didn’t belong to them.

via How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com.

Ghosts of old Gulf Shores trigger memories – Yellowhammer News

June 01, 2017

My parents first brought me to Gulf Shores on vacation in 1965. We stayed in a little gray house that today would be rough by hunting camp standards, with no paneling or sheetrock to cover the studs and exterior walls and only a window unit AC to combat the August heat. We never stayed there again since my Mother’s idea of roughing it was doing without room service.

via Ghosts of old Gulf Shores trigger memories – Yellowhammer News.

These are some of Alabama’s oldest bars | AL.com

May 14, 2017

Sure. It’s technically in Escambia County, Florida, but, as the name indicates, the bar is right on the Alabama-Florida state line. The world famous beach bar almost didn’t happen, as a fire claimed the building the day before its grand opening in spring 1964. The bar was ready for business by October, however. Since then, The Flora-Bama has remained a proven survivor, bouncing back from significant damage in 2004, during Hurricane Ivan.

via These are some of Alabama’s oldest bars | AL.com.

History of Gulf State Park | Alapark

May 05, 2017

In the early 1930’s, the Federal Government bought land, and land was donated by the local landowners 700 acres by George C. Meyers alone to create what would become Gulf State Park.

From 1933 until 1939, the Civilian Conservation Corps. CCC occupied what is now Gulf State Park.  The CCC program was designed to build national and state parks all over the US and gave many young men jobs to help them and their families to make it through the depression.  They made a $1.00 a day, 5 days a week.  At the end of the month they were paid $25.  Most of it went home to their families.  A CCC camp was constructed and consisted of a barracks, a sawmill, resident houses for management to live in, and a maid’s quarters.  Until the permanent structures were complete, the CCC “Boys” lived in large tents.

via History of Gulf State Park | Alapark.

Museum Foundation to Host Annual Naval Aviation Symposium

April 13, 2017

The National Naval Aviation Museum opens its doors for another exciting glimpse into the history and future of Naval Aviation at the Museum Foundation’s Annual Symposium, May 10-12. The three-day event will feature a golf tournament on Wed., May 10, followed by panels and special events on Thurs., May 11, and Fri., May 12.

via Museum Foundation to Host Annual Naval Aviation Symposium.

The most notorious person from each of Alabama’s 67 counties | AL.com

March 09, 2017

Baldwin County

Railroad Bill, legendary outlaw, ca. 1856-1896

The legend of Railroad Bill began in the winter of 1894 when railroad employees began noticing a vagrant illegally riding the trains on the L&N Railroad line in southern Alabama near the Florida line. Bill eluded them, hijacking a train car in the process. This incident initiated a manhunt after the railroad detectives gathered a posse and began tracking the man they were now calling Railroad Bill. In 1896 Railroad Bill met his demise in front of Ward’s General Store in Atmore.

via The most notorious person from each of Alabama’s 67 counties | AL.com.

Dauphin Island’s Little Red School House makes one-mile trip to new home | AL.com

December 09, 2016

On Wednesday morning, the entire student body of Dauphin Island Elementary School walked down the sidewalk along Bienville Boulevard, begging the drivers of three semi-trailer trucks from Ducky Johnson House Movers to honk their horns. The historic Little Red School House was slowly and carefully being transported one mile east from the beach to its new home across from Town Hall.

via Dauphin Island’s Little Red School House makes one-mile trip to new home | AL.com.

Childress-Long to sign copies of “Orange Beach – A Pictorial History” at St. Charles Gifts on Dec. 17 – Mullet Wrapper

December 08, 2016

Local historian Margaret Childress Long has already written the definitive history of Orange Beach, releasing “The Best Place to Be – The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama” with co-author Michael D. Shipler in April of 2006.

She and Shipler have now added the perfect companion to that loving ode to local history, “Orange Beach, Alabama – A Pictorial History.’’

via Childress-Long to sign copies of “Orange Beach – A Pictorial History” at St. Charles Gifts on Dec. 17 – Mullet Wrapper.

Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com

December 07, 2016

More than 2,390 Americans lost their lives on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japanese bombers attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Those actions propelled America into World War II, a conflict which claimed the lives of some 400,000 U.S. soldiers.

Dozens of Alabamians were among those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, including two brothers from DeKalb County and a Birmingham man considered by some to be the first state resident to die in the conflict.

Here are some of their stories:

via Alabamians who died at Pearl Harbor: Remembering events of Dec. 7, 1941 | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis survivor to share story

December 06, 2016

A survivor of the USS Indianapolis sank by a Japanese submarine in World War II is scheduled to speak at two events Wednesday in the Pensacola area.

The Indianapolis and its crew of 1,196 went down July 30, 1945, but the Navy did not know about the sinking until survivors were spotted by a plane three days later. Many of the initial survivors were killed by dehydration, sharks or exposure to the elements before the rescue.

via USS Indianapolis survivor to share story.

Remembering the 23rd anniversary of the Sunset Limited disaster – FOX10 News | WALA

September 23, 2016

A somber ceremony Thursday morning at the scene of a tragedy that happened 23 years ago.

It was the Amtrak Sunset Limited train disaster.

47 passengers and crew members were killed when the pilot of a tugboat that was pushing a barge, rammed the “Big Bayou Canot” railroad bridge.

A memorial boat tour was held Thursday morning.

via Remembering the 23rd anniversary of the Sunset Limited disaster – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA

September 13, 2016

On September 12th, 1979 Hurricane Frederic made landfall on Dauphin Island as a strong Category three storm with sustained winds nearing 130 miles per hour. For days forecasters watched Fredric grow into a monster as it plowed across the Gulf developing an eye 50 miles wide. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier was 18 years-old at the time, and Frederic is seared in his memory.

via Anniversary of Hurricane Frederic – FOX10 News | WALA.

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City of Fairhope pauses to remember victims of September 11th – FOX10 News | WALA

September 12, 2016

Like so many other cities across the nation, the City of Fairhope paused to pay their respects to the victims of September 11th.

“What the enemy meant for evil, God has turned it where the nation came together and pitched in and we all did things that needed to be done,” said Chief Joe Petties, Fairhope Police.

via City of Fairhope pauses to remember victims of September 11th – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday

August 19, 2016

Kenny Stabler

The hometown of former Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler will honor the quarterback’s recent hall of fame induction during a football game at his alma mater on Friday night.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company will pay tribute to the NFL legend at halftime of the Foley High School football game on Friday night. The ‘Hometown Hall of Famer’ program honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.

via Ken Stabler to be Honored at Halftime of Foley High School Game on Friday.

NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA

August 19, 2016

OBA Editor Note: We’ve checked and confirmed with the Stabler Family that this is the official Kenny Stabler Facebook page.

The “Pro Football Hall of Fame” is paying tribute to NFL legend Kenny “The Snake” Stabler Friday at his alma mater, Foley High School.

It’s all part of the “Hometown Hall of Famer” program.

It’s a national program that honors the hometown roots of the greatest heroes of the game.

via NFL, Alabama football legend Ken Stabler to be honored – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Pioneering Ono

August 12, 2016

Ono Island

Ham Wilson hadn’t heard from his grandfather in days. Any other week and this wouldn’t have been unusual. When Pappy was at his house on Ono Island, using the telephone wasn’t very high on his list of priorities. If it wasn’t necessary, Pappy didn’t want it.

But Hurricane Frederic was the real deal. As soon as the storm dissipated across the Alabama skies, Ham loaded up his car with gas cans and set out from Birmingham to find Pappy, following behind people clearing the roads with chainsaws.

via Pioneering Ono.

Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

August 07, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s long wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame ended on Saturday night when the Snake was enshrined with seven other men in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Stabler completed his 15-season NFL career in 1984 and had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame three times before earning election in February as a nominee of the Veterans Committee.

But the 32-year gap between his final game and entrance into the Hall of Fame was too long. While his epic performances in NFL games so famous they have names – the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and Ghost to the Post, for instance – live on, Stabler succumbed to colon cancer on July 8, 2015.

via Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park

July 31, 2016

One of the few remaining survivors of the USS Indianapolis spoke today at Battleship Park. You first heard from Edgar Harrell in a story we shared with you Friday on News 5.

Survivor is too small a word to describe Edgar Harrell. He stood in front of dozens of people today at Battleship Park going into excruciating detail about what it was like having to survive for several days in shark-infested waters.

via USS Indianapolis Survivor Compels Crowd at Battleship Park.

USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - It’s been 71 years since the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, but 91-year-old Edgar Harrell can still remember seeing the ship for the first time.

“Not hardly as big as the Alabama, some 70 feet shorter – but it as big and when I saw that. I thought my, my, my – what a big ship. We could win the war with that,” said Harrell.

via USS Indianapolis survivor shares his story – FOX10 News | WALA.

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