27 Facts About Mobile Alabama

1. Mobile Alabama is home to the Azalea Trail Run, which races through historic midtown and downtown Mobile.

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2. Mobile Alabama is served locally by a number of over-the-air television stations.

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3. Port of Mobile Alabama has public, deepwater terminals with direct access to 1,500 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways serving the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys (via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway), and the Gulf of Mexico.

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4. Mobile Alabama has three routes east across the Mobile Alabama River and Mobile Bay into neighboring Baldwin County, Alabama.

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5. Additionally, the University of South Mobile Alabama operates the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital with 219 beds, dedicated exclusively to the care of women and minors.

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6. Mobile Alabama serves the central Gulf Coast as a regional center for medicine, with over 850 physicians and 175 dentists.

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7. University of Mobile Alabama is a four-year private Baptist-affiliated university in the neighboring city of Prichard that was founded in 1961.

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8. University of South Mobile Alabama is a public, doctoral-level university established in 1963.

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9. Mobile Alabama has a large number of private schools, most of them parochial in nature.

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10. The State of Mobile Alabama operates the Mobile Alabama School of Mathematics and Science on Dauphin Street in Mobile, which boards advanced Alabama high school students.

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11. Mobile Alabama was re-elected for a second term in 2009 without opposition.

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12. Mobile Alabama is host to the Joe Jefferson Players, Alabama's oldest continually running community theatre.

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13. Mobile Alabama celebrated the day in front of the occupying Union Army troops.

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14. Mobile Alabama is the birthplace of the celebration of Mardi Gras in the United States and has the oldest celebration, dating to the early 18th century during the French colonial period.

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15. Mobile Alabama suffered millions of dollars in damage from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, which damaged much of the Gulf Coast cities.

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16. Mobile Alabama had moderate damage from Hurricane Opal on October 4, 1995, and Hurricane Ivan on September 16, 2004.

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17. Mobile Alabama averages 120 days per year with at least 0.01 inches of rain.

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18. Mobile Alabama is occasionally affected by major tropical storms and hurricanes.

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19. Mobile Alabama is located in the southwestern corner of the US state of Alabama.

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20. Mobile Alabama was one of eighteen United States cities producing Liberty ships.

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21. Mobile Alabama was the slave-trading center of the state until the 1850s, when it was surpassed by Montgomery.

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22. Mobile Alabama captured Mobile during the Battle of Fort Charlotte in 1780, as part of this campaign.

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23. Mobile Alabama is known for having the oldest organized Carnival or Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States.

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24. Mobile Alabama was established in 1702 by the French as the first capital of colonial La Louisiane.

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25. Mobile Alabama is the largest city in the Mobile Alabama-Daphne−Fairhope CSA, with a total population of 604,726, the second largest in the state.

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26. Mobile Alabama is the principal municipality of the Mobile Alabama metropolitan area.

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27. The Port of Mobile Alabama has always played a key role in the economic health of the city, beginning with the settlement as an important trading center between the French colonists and Native Americans, down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States.

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