Visitors to the Eastern Shore area may have spotted the large battleship sitting on the opposite shore in Mobile, Alabama. The USS Alabama (BB60) is the sixth United States Navy ship to be named after the state of Alabama and it has been operating as a museum in Mobile Bay since 1965. Part of the Battleship Memorial Park, the USS Alabama sits near the submarine USS Drum and a museum with over twenty-five aircraft. There are memorials for the Korean and Vietnam Wars that visitors can view after exploring the USS Alabama.
The USS Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and went on to serve in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II. In 1945, the USS Alabama was used to transport American servicemen in the Pacific back to the United States. After the war, in 1947, the USS Alabama was decommissioned and sent into the Bremerton Group, part of the United States Pacific Reserve Fleet. The battleship was retired twenty years later in 1962 and brought into Mobile Bay in 1964, where it became a museum the next year. The USS Alabama has been on the National Historic Landmark registry since 1986. Over the years, the USS Alabama has played some interesting roles around Mobile Bay. During Hurricane Katrina, it served as a hurricane shelter for the families of eighteen of the Battleship Memorial Park's employees.
Many people who come to the Eastern Shore on vacation or who move here find themselves exploring this historic ship, as well as the submarine and aircraft pavilion. This memorial is less than thirty minutes away from Fairhope, fifteen minutes away from Daphne, and ten minutes away from Spanish Fort, making it an easy trip for families from this areas. The Battleship Memorial Park is open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
This area of the Eastern Shore is also close to the Alabama Gulf Coast's beaches; approximately 45 minutes. The Gulf Coast is growing at a feverish pace and Foley, AL is leading the way for commercial development with the new OWA development. Pre-construction condos are taking place in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores along with commercial projects. The beach front condos in these coastal towns represent some of the best investment options in the area. If you're interested in more info, check out our Gulf Shores condos for sale page - complete with various types of helpful info, such as: investment numbers, recently SOLD condos along with SOLD Price and SOLD Date allowing for easy research. Aerial images, square footage costs and annual revenue information can all be found for Gulf Shores, AL. We've included the same info on our Orange Beach condos for sale pages.
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