GENERAL AND COSMETIC DENTIST IN MOBILE. AL SERVING NEIGHBORING AREAS
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West Mobile Dental Care is a state of the art dental practice in Mobile, Alabama, offering treatments in a modern and welcoming environment. Our wide array of available treatment options is fully customized to meet your dental goals. Our office routinely provides oral care and many dental treatment procedures that may be referred to another dentist or specialist. As a general dentistry practice, we take pride in treating comprehensively to create patient smiles.
What does Mobile, Alabama have in common with Los Angeles, Camden, NJ, Houston, TX and Fall River, MA? These five locations have floating battleship museums! In Mobile you can board the USS Alabama. In LA it’s the USS Iowa. Camden is home to the USS New Jersey and the USS Massachusetts is at Fall River. The only four remaining battleships in existence. Pretty neat historical fact to share. Mobile has some colorful history. It was founded as a French colony in 1702 and has been under the rule of the French, British and Spanish before being annexed into the United States in 1861. The city, built on the Mobile Bay and at the mouth of several rivers flowing into the bay, was always situated well for trade. During the Industrial Revolution it became a hub for the shipping of cotton and the slave trade. By 1860 with 30,000 residents it was the 27th largest city in the country. In 1965 Mobile saw a horrific disaster when an explosion in an ammunitions plant killed 300 people, burned half the city and even sank ships.
At the turn of the century the city has 40,000 residents and by 1920 had grown to 60,000. Industrial growth and diversification contributed to the sustainable growth. With World War II and the Brookley Army Air Field the population increased to 89,000 in the 1940s. The ship yards cranked out a lot of ships, domestic and military, during this period. The post war economy saw more economic and industrial diversification and continued strained race relations. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended legal segregation. Also the Air Force Base closed in 1969 contributing to 10% unemployment in the city as well as the economic depression into the 1970s. In the late 1980s the city initiated numerous new facilities and business projects which included the restoration of hundreds of downtown buildings and homes all of which attracted new business to the city. Today, with a population of just shy of 200,000 residents, the city has much culture and heritage to offer. Considered a Gulf Coast cultural center it is known for having the oldest organized Carnival or Mardi Gras. It has several art museums, a professional opera, a symphony orchestra and a professional ballet company. You will find nine major historical districts in the city featuring architectural examples from the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and local Creole cottage. There are historical churches everywhere among Victorian and shotgun style homes. There are also four college campuses now in the city as well as a community college and several vocational schools. The major industries of today include aerospace, steel, ship building, retail, construction, services, manufacturing and medicine. The Port of Mobile continues to be the 12th largest by tonnage in the United States. Mobile is situated on the Gulf 60 miles for Pensacola Florida and 140 miles from New Orleans. There are some interesting communities in the vicinity of Mobile. Let’s drill down and look at a few of them now.
Across the Mobile Bay 13 miles from downtown Mobile you will find Daphne. On the eastern banks of the bay it now has a population of about 26,000 residents. Like Mobile Daphne has been under many flags as well as the original settlers, the Native American Indian hundreds of years before the Spanish in 1557. Current history takes us to Civil War times. The settlement was named the county seat of Baldwin County in 1868 and the first post office was opened in 1874. The city was incorporated in 1927. The primary driver for the economy today is Mobile. The employment numbers in Daphne cluster around retail, services, education and healthcare.
Prichard is only five miles northwest of Mobile. After the Civil War in the 1860s some slaves settled there and called the area Africa-town. In 2012 it was put on the National Register of Historic Places. It grew slowly supporting shipbuilding and the paper mill industry. It was incorporated as Prichard in 1925. During WWII when shipbuilding was expanding in Mobile many companies actually built homes for their workers, many of them being in Prichard. Prichard reached its peak population in 1960 with 47,000 residents. It has declined since with the introduction of the federally funded interstate making commuting easier and the decline of the defense focused shipbuilding. Two major paper factories closed in the 1980s and 1990s causing a loss of jobs. Today the city has about 22,000 residents.
Montrose is across the bay and 15 miles from Mobile. South of Daphne it is incorporated in Baldwin County. It is in the middle of an area called the Eastern Shore. Although the area only has a population of several hundred people it caters to the tourism industry being right north of the Gulf Shores destination and a very popular Championship golf course and a very large classical style hotel in Point Clear.
With a population of close to 20,000 residents Fairhope was named the best small city in the south by Southern Living magazine only two years ago. On the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay it is 18 miles from Mobile. It enjoys a very nice setting on a sloping plateau amongst some cliffs on the shoreline. It was founded in 1894 and has become a popular winter destination for artists and intellectuals. Also, for over 50 years fisherman have enjoyed a phenomenon called the jubilee. For some reason during a jubilee many varities of aquatic animals head to shallow water in the bay making it very easy for them to be caught. Fairhope has its own beautiful beach but in addition to that if you head 10 miles south you will find the Weeks Bay Nature Reserve. Here you will find elevated walkways through the swampy forest of oaks and pitcher plants and an abundance of wildlife.
Tillman’s Corner is to the southwest of Mobile 10 miles down Interstate 10. With a population of over 17,000 residents the community is unincorporated. Basically a rural bedroom community for neighboring Mobile it does have its share of hotels, restaurants and watering holes.
Straight north 12 miles up Interstate 65 from Mobile you will run into Saraland. With a population today of right around 14,000 residents it was incorporated in 1957. First settled back in the early 1800s it was sparsely populated until the 1900s. Saraland is known for a horrific Amtrak accident. In 1993 at 3 am a train derailed at a high speed due to kink in the track caused by a barge captain who had just rammed the bridge and had not reported his mistake. 47 people died in the crash.
Directly across the bay from Mobile less than 10 miles is Spanish Fort. This community is also the northern most point of the Eastern Shore of the Bay. With a population of less than 9,000 residents it is considered a suburb of Mobile. History takes us back to 1712 when a trading post was on the site when Mobile was occupied by the French. The British came next in 1763. During the Revolutionary War when the Spanish took Mobile they turned the trading post into a fort. It was site of a big battle with the British in 1781. After the War of 1812 it officially became part of the United States. Again during the Civil War it was the site of one of the last battles east of the Mississippi River. When it fell it allowed the Union troops to enter Mobile without an opposition.
Located just 15 miles to the southwest of Mobile down Interstate 10 is the community of Theodore. With its population of around 7,000 residents it is considered as part of Mobile when it comes to census time. There are hotels, taverns, restaurants and shopping venues loosely scattered in the Theodore area.
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