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Gulf Shores in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Gulf Shores Community

Gulf Shores Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, January 14, 2012
1. Gulf Shores Community Marker
Inscription.  Officially designated “Pleasure Island” in 1949 by Governor Jim Folsom, the 32 miles of white sandy beaches in Gulf Shores has been a prime fishing and golf destination for Alabamians and tourists. Early Alabama Gulf Coast individuals and families were mariners, fishermen, boat builders, salt miners, and turpentine harvesters living off the sea and land. They were largely self-sufficient and often at the mercy of Mother Nature. The diversity of this small marine community influenced and continues to enrich life in Gulf Shores. Real estate visionaries such as George C. Meyer brought a fresh perspective to an area that was considered by many to be unusable land. They encouraged the infrastructure growth necessary to support residents, visitors and businesses year-round. Through generous donations from Erie Hal Meyer and the George C. Meyer Foundation, combined with the efforts of community leaders and state and federal officials, Gulf Shores offers outstanding amenities, making this small town a popular resort destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1949.
Location. 30° 14.867′ N, 87° 41.405′ W. Marker is in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of Sutton Place and Gulf Place, on the right when traveling south on Sutton Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gulf Shores AL 36542, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Withers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Romar Beach (approx. 4.1 miles away); Vicinity of Salt Works and Camp Anderson (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Charles Swift Family / Swift Coles Historic Home (approx. 5 miles away); Orange Beach Municipal Complex (approx. 7 miles away); Indian Village Achuse (approx. 7˝ miles away); Orange Beach, Alabama (approx. 7˝ miles away); Bay Circle (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gulf Shores.
Gulf Shores Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David J Gaines, January 14, 2012
2. Gulf Shores Community Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,463 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2012, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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