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Spanish Fort Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 26 photos

Spanish Fort is located on Mobile Bay, on I-10. The Tensaw and Meaher State Park are close by. The city is part of the Mobile, Alabama metro area and is located in Baldwin County - nine miles from downtown Mobile.

The area is full of prehistoric Indian mounds. Some 4,000 years ago, a prehistoric Indian civilisation dwelled here. Much later in the 18th century came a French colonial settlement and the civilised and educated Apalachee Indians who lived here for a short while before travelling west. New England settlers turned this area into a thriving riverfront town in the 1820's which even surpassed Mobile and the first courthouse and county seat of Baldwin County before yellow fever epidemics and greed killed the boom town.

Blakeley is the original spelling of the town, chartered in 1814. However, during the Civil War the name changed to drop the additional 'e' and the name of the fort was Fort Blakely. An area known for the historic significance of having the last major battle of the Civil War fought here. The Union forces concentrated on Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley and on March 27, 1865, Maj Gen Canby's forces rendezvoused at Danleys Ferry and instantly undertook a siege of Spanish Fort. By April 1 the Union had completely surrounded the fort and on April 8, captured it. Most of the Confederate forces took flight and escaped to Mobile but Spanish Fort was no longer a threat.

We visited the park from Mobile where we had been staying. It was just a delightful drive especially coming from an area devoid of forests and wooded areas. I just wish we had more time to really slow down our tour around the historic sights. Enroute to the State Park you will pass by Spanish Fort Visitor Centre. Just be aware they close on Sundays.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.(c) keeweechic 2001-2006 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Spanish Fort: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2004 at 8:20 PM

    Great page! Sounds like a wonderful place to explore. Love the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees! Great photos and information, thanks :o)

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2004 at 1:52 PM

    I'd love to explore the southern swamps and the Gulf Coast. Actually, it's only about a day-and-a-half drive from where I live, so maybe one of these days....

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2003 at 1:35 AM

    Keewee, great page, and who says turtles are slow lol. Great pics

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2003 at 5:30 PM

    Nice job.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2003 at 8:27 PM

    I always thought a Turtle is a pretty sedate fellow, giving one the flick when photographed..well that's news for me..KW, I enjoyed your History and Mother nature pics...tanx

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2003 at 7:00 PM

    Fantastic page, I was just through that area.

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2002 at 8:16 PM

    Love the history of all these southern places..
    Woww.. those trees are magnificent, love all that Spanish Moss.. ;-))

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2002 at 1:40 AM

    'Oh no' said the red belly turtle, ' its those paparazzi again! Lets do a runner'! :-)
    Wonderful page Keewee, with such great detailed info, thanks!


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