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Mobile was founded in 1702 by the French as the first capital of Louisiana. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Great Britain, and lastly Spain. Mobile became a part of the United States in 1813, with the annexation by President James Madison of West Florida from Spain. Mobile is know for its Mardi Gras celebration, the oldest in the United States. It is the fourth largest city in Alabama, and the home of Alabama's only saltwater port, which is the 12 busiest port in the nation.
The USS Alabama was commissioned in 1942. In served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatre during World War II. After it was decomissioned, it was relocated to Mobile to form the primary attraction at Battleship Memorial Park. It has been in Mobile Bay since 1964.
Eight railroads operate out of Mobile. On the left, this image shows the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge crossing the Mobile River. On the right, the CSX Engine is crossing Chickasaw Creek.
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