Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fort Morgan, Alabama

One morning during our stay in Fort Morgan we rode our bikes down to the old historic fort at the very end of Highway 110. It was amazing. I'd been there as a child, but don't think I truely took it all in and realized the magnitude of effort it would have taken to build something like this in 1819. It was completed in 1834 and played a role in the War Between the States, Spanish-American Way, World War I and World War II. During the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, it is said that Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead to win the battle. Who knew that "damn the torpedoes" was a Yankee phrase?

The nearly 500-acre site is 22 miles west of Gulf Shores and contains concrete arillery batteries constructed between 1895 and 1904, and historic military buildings dating from 1899 to 1910. A museum details the American military history of Mobile Point from 1814 to 1945. Exhibits feature weapons, uniforms, letters, photographs, and personal items of soldiers who served at the fort. Infomation from

Our favorite house to rent in Fort Morgan is called Volunteer Landing (you can find it on VRBO). It's two bedrooms and they allow dogs.

Update: Our Givens Beach trip in 2013 can be found here

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