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Orange Beach in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Perdido Pass

 
 
Perdido Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
1. Perdido Pass Marker
Inscription.  Before 1906, Perdido Pass was located three miles east of today's Pass. It was all a part of Point Ornocor with a short river at its end curving to the west. The pass was narrow and very dangerous. Alabama Point and Ono Island did not exist. It was so treacherous that early in 1906, a group of local men, the Callaway's and Walker's, dug a ditch through the dunes in a more convenient location. The Hurricane of September of 1906 changed that ditch into today's Perdido Pass and created Alabama Point. The old pass silted in and that short river broke through among the dunes to the new Perdido Pass creating Old River and Ono Island.

On May 29, 1953, the State of Alabama and Florida settled a border dispute that permanently established the state line at the site of the old pass: The dredging of Perdido Pass began that same year.

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The first buildings here at Alabama Point were the Seagate Motel built by Lovick Allen in 1949, and shortly after, the Paul Smith house, the Henry Sweet house in the 50s, and the Outrigger store built in the 70s by Sturgis Lowman and Bill
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Graham.

On September 24, 1956, Hurricane Flossy caused a seven acre lake that existed near the Pass to disappear.

After three years of construction, the first bridge over the Pass was dedicated May 12, 1962, connecting Alabama Point to Florida Point. With support of the Orange Beach Fishing Association and many individuals, sea walls and jetties were built during the 60s. On September 12, 1979, Hurricane Frederic damaged the bridge requiring repairs. A stronger, higher Perdido Pass bridge was dedicated August 28, 1989, that allowed heavy loads to cross over and sailboats to pass under.

For over 100 years this entire area was referred to as Gulf Beach, now called Perdido Key, part of Gulf State Park, Alabama Point East.
 
Erected 2017 by The City of Orange Beach and Baldwin County Historic Development Commission AL200.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 30° 16.641′ N, 87° 33.315′ W. Marker is in Orange Beach, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama Route 182) east of Parkway Drive, on the right when traveling east. Located along the seawall before the underpass. Touch for map. Marker is at or
Perdido Pass Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
2. Perdido Pass Marker (reverse)
near this postal address: 27500 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach AL 36561, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bay Circle (approx. 1˝ miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 1.6 miles away); Orange Beach Municipal Complex (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tampary (approx. 2.2 miles away in Florida); Orange Beach Community Cemetery (approx. 2˝ miles away); Josephine (approx. 3.7 miles away); Romar Beach (approx. 4.2 miles away); Daphne United Methodist Church (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Perdido Pass. (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View of Perdido Pass under bridge and Alabama Point on other end of bridge. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
3. View of Perdido Pass under bridge and Alabama Point on other end of bridge.
View from the marker towards the Gulf of Mexico. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, August 22, 2018
4. View from the marker towards the Gulf of Mexico.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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