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Duncan Place: 1901

Duncan Place: 1901

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Duncan Place and Semmes monument." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Not exactly still there

The statue has moved up and down Government Street a couple or more times in the last twenty or so years. Never moved very far though. Maybe a hundred yards back and forth.

I'll attach a photo of a photo I had hanging on the wall of where the statue was a dozen or more years ago. It has since moved West about a block on the same strip of land as shown in the original old photo.


Pardon my ignorance, bur what's that large erection in the grass for? Too early to be a radio transmitter I think.

[Some sort of signal mast using lights or lanterns. As far as radio goes, this was around the time when wireless marine telegraphy ("the Marconi") was getting its start. - Dave]

Wires everywhere

The statue is still there; now it sits atop the Bankhead Tunnel. Unfortunately all of those buildings are lost, maybe to the fire of 1919.

Coffee Saloon

Can we wager that Irish Coffee would have to be on the menu. And if you have an accident, there's a convenient Chinese laundry just across the way. Nice.

It's still there

Raphael Semmes was captain of the CSS Alabama. The monument is still there, just a little more tired.

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