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Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Caldwell Field

 
 
Caldwell Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
1. Caldwell Field Marker
Inscription. Caldwell Field is named in honor of James Henry Caldwell, celebrated for bringing the concept of the manufactured gas business to the City of Mobile. On September 20, 1836, Mr. Caldwell entered into a contract with the City of Mobile, which granted him a thirty-year franchise for the purpose of "lighting the City of Mobile with gas" and "furnishing its citizens with gas light in their private homes, or for their private uses." The new enterprise eventually became known as Mobile Gas Light & Coke Company.

The former Mobile Gas manufactured gas plant (MGP) operated from 1836 to the early 1930's. During this time, natural gas was manufactured through a process of heating coal and oil in enclosed ovens and extracting gas for use in lighting and cooking. Over 1,500 MGP sites operated across the United States during this period, with just one MGP site operating in Mobile. This MGP site is the sixth oldest gas utility location in the United States and the site of Mobile's oldest corporate citizen Mobile Gas Service Corporation.

This industrial property had not been used for decades and the site was enrolled in the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Voluntary Cleanup Program to ensure that the clean up was conducted as safely and environmentally friendly as possible.

Today, Caldwell Field is designed
The transformed 7 acre Caldwell Field can be seen beyond the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
2. The transformed 7 acre Caldwell Field can be seen beyond the marker.
to be a space where the Mobile community can gather, go for a run, have a picnic, relax on a bench and enjoy some fresh air.
 
Erected 2017.
 
Location. 30° 41.807′ N, 88° 3.309′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Marmotte Street north of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mobile AL 36603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Knights of Peter Claver Monument (about 800 feet away); Johnson and Allen Mortuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone Street Baptist Church (approx. mile away); Finley's Drug Stores (approx. mile away); National African-American Archives and Museum (approx. mile away); Caldwell School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vivian Malone Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
Also see . . .  Dedication of Caldwell Field in 2017. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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View of marker towards the intersection of Broad Street and Martin Luther King Jr Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
3. View of marker towards the intersection of Broad Street and Martin Luther King Jr Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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