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Government Street: 1906

Government Street: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Government Street." Wrought iron and spectral pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Standing on the Corner

Morrison's flagship cafeteria was built on the near left corner here, and the near right corner here.

(In the two Shorpy photographs above, note the change in the Battle House; Wikipedia says the previous Battle House burned down in 1905, was rebuilt, and reopened in 1908.)

A more gentle time.

We lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the '50s through '70s and it was a big deal for us to go to the "big city" of Mobile for Christmas shopping and a meal at Morrison's cafeteria. But that was a kinder and more gentle time for Mobile, and the rest of the area when I reflect back on it.

Mobile Memories

Government Street in time also became U.S. Highway 90, the major east-west highway along the Gulf coast before I-10.

As a kid, in the 1940s and 1950s, I watched many a Mardi Gras parade (mule-pulled floats, hand-carried limelight illumination), and went one year to Barton Academy, all along this very stretch of Government St. Many of these residences were still there then.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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