Welcome to Mobile
The Western Shore of the Bay
Rich in history, Mobile was founded by French explorer Jean Baptiste LeMoyne of Bienville in 1702. French, English, Spanish and Native American influences have blended to create a unique culture influencing everything from our celebration of Mardi Gras to the gumbo we eat to the architecture of our homes.
Mobile is a picturesque city located at the mouth of the Mobile River and the edge of Mobile Bay, leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Nearly 582,000 residents live in the metropolitan area that covers 2,828 square miles.
As one of the oldest cities in the United States, our city combines Southern tradition, beauty and charm with all the elements of a fast-growing, successful community.
In 30 minutes you can be on the sandy-white beaches of Dauphin Island in south Mobile County, or ferry from there across Mobile Bay to Gulf Shores in a few minutes more. The mountains of northern Alabama are within a few hours drive.
Mobile’s diversity is mirrored in a plethora of activities. From the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo to fresh water fishing, antique shopping to outlet bargains, baseball to football, museums to the modern IMAX Dome Theater, tee-time on the course to tea time at a historic Plantation home, world-renown Bellingrath Gardens to the Battleship USS Alabama, Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta to greyhound racing, Mardi Gras to the Christmas parade of Boats along Dog River – Mobile is a great place to live and work.
The $9 million Hank Aaron Stadium, named after Mobile’s “Home Run King,” is where you can cheer for Mobile’s BayBears, the AA baseball farm team to the San Diego Padres.
Mobile is home to a newly upcoming collegiate football team, the University of Alabama’s Jaquars. Coupled with the nationally known, Senior Bowl, football program one can get acquainted with future legends of the sport.
Mobile was founded in 1702 and celebrated its Tricentennial in 2002.
Mobile Bay is home to the original Mardi Gras in this country, instituted in 1704, 62 years before New Orleans adopted the celebration.
Mobile Bay is the hometown of baseball hall-of-famers Hank Aaron, Ozzie Smith and Satchel Paige.
Mobile Bay area welcomes more that 2.7 million visitors a year.
Mobile is home to the GMAC Bowl, Senior Bowl, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the Dauphin Island Regatta and America’s Junior Miss Pageant.
The Mobile Tennis Center is the nation’s largest public facility with 50 hard courts in one location.
Regional golfing is among the nation’s finest, with more than 25 courses. Golf Digest ranked Mobile in the top five Best Medium Size Golf Cities in the United States.
Mobile is known as the city of six flags having flown under the French, Spanish, British, Republic of Alabama, Confederacy and United States of America flags.
Mobile is known as the Azalea City, thanks to Frise Langlois who first brought the bright pink blossoms here from his father’s garden in Toulouse, France in 1754.
Welcome to Baldwin County
The Eastern Shore of the Bay
Baldwin County, Alabama, has the unique distinction of being one of the largest counties East of the Mississippi River and ten (10) years older than the State of Alabama. First organized as a county in 1809, Baldwin County found itself situated within the confines of the Mississippi Treaty until December 10, 1817, when the State of Mississippi entered the United States of America as the Twentieth (20th) State in the Federal Union. Thereafter, Baldwin County was absorbed into the Alabama Territory until December 14, 1819, when the State of Alabama entered the United States of America as the Twenty-second (22nd) State in the Federal Union.
The Spanish arrived in the area in 1519 when Alonzo Alvarez De Pineda sailed into Mobile Bay and named it Espiritu Santo. In 1540 Hernando Desoto is known to have traveled through a portion of Baldwin County. The town of Spanish Fort is known to have been the indefinite site for Spanish occupation. In time, the French and English would occupy Baldwin County offering a variety of contributions to its rich history and heritage. Baldwin County is also distinguished as being a place where many battles were fought. Andrew Jackson, who later became the seventh (7th) President of the United States, and his Volunteers fought the Indians in Alabama during one of the fiercest attacks occurring in Baldwin County in August, 1813, at Fort Mims (located in Northern Baldwin County). Andrew Jackson crossed Baldwin County to affect the surrender of the Spanish commandant at Pensacola (located in Northwest Florida).
Pleasure Island is a tourist destination for many who live by the bay. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are South Baldwin’s resort communities, with 32 miles of white sand beaches, stylish beach houses, high rise hotels and condominiums, seafood restaurants, and year-round visitors from all over the world. World-class golf waits at numerous locations throughout South Baldwin County. Fishing, sailing, swimming and walking on the beach are a favorite pass time for locals.
Within Baldwin County’s vast territory she has many cities, to learn more about the eastern shore click on the links below.