I haven't heard anybody else say this, especially in the local area, but Government Street in Mobile, Alabama is one the most spectacular historic streets in the world, even today. I had a chance to walk a good portion of Government St. in March of this year and was blown away at all the historic architecture of the Government buildings, churches and homes that line this street. It's the combination of commercial and residential buildings, plus the trees, all on one street that's so impressive. I came back to Mobile this September to take some photos and see more.
Although a few gaps in beauty occur with some newer buildings, a lot of them were built to blend in with the neighborhoods. I'll need several more trips to see this grand street, which goes through different historic neighborhoods.
Not all the buildings are fully restored—which adds to charm and potential. The street is still under-appreciated by some and I'm surprised it's not more of an attraction for tourists. It's like it's hiding in plain view.
The portion of Routes 90 and 98 called Government St. and Government Blvd. in Mobile is the only thoroughfare in Mobile to cross both Interstate 65 and 10 within city limits. It'a a 4-lane highway. It's known as Government St. east of Pinehill Dr. and Government Blvd. west of it. I'll be concentrating on the Government St. portion, approximately 3.6 miles .
Photo Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
I found it hard to believe, but Government Street was even more spectacular in the
19th century and early 20th century. It was the finest street in Mobile and was known as Millionaires' Row because of all the mansions. A lot of the larger mansions were demolished as late as the 1980's.
Take my advice: If you like historic buildings, put Government St. on your travel list! Here are more photos for you to enjoy!