MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The city of Mobile has a rich and storied history. But not all the stories about the port city have been told. Author Amy Delcambre has uncovered a secret motive that provides a guide to the weird, wonderful, and dark stories not everyone has heard of. She joins Bill and Jessica on the red couch to talk about her findings.
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Invoice: Well, sometimes what you see is what you get. But when you look at Mobile City, there’s a little more to it than meets the eye.
Jessica: Well, there’s a secret Mobile and this morning we’re going to meet the woman who provided a guide to the weird, wonderful, and dark stories of the port city. Author Amy Delcambre joins us this morning on the red sofa. We have your book in hand, Amy. It’s a good. We’re glad you’re here this morning.
Tell us how this idea came about.
Amy Delcambre, author: So Reedy Press is a national publisher and they publish a lot of travel guides. And they targeted the city of Mobile. They reached out to see if there were any writers, travel writers who were interested. And I said, I’m very interested. And we’ve gone through some of the different types of guides they make. And I chose secrets because I like secret stories.
I love doing secret tours and things like that. And Mobile has such a weird history and even a weird existing culture that some people don’t know about. Even lifelong locals like me. I can’t tell you how many things happened that I had no idea even when I was writing this book, even though I lived here for 39 years.
Invoice: Yeah. And you think you know things about Mobile City because, I mean, I’m a transplant, I know a lot about Mobile City, but I look at this book and I go, huh? I did not know.
Jessica: Like the cow in the Middle Bay lighthouse.
The cow living in the lighthouse.
Amy Delcambre: It was an interesting story. So, of course, we know we have the Middle Bay Lighthouse. And back then, you had to have a guardian living there. And in this case, the owner and lighthouse keeper, I assume, and his wife had a baby. She could not breastfeed the baby. So he brought a dairy cow on board. That’s why they built this lower deck.
And they had a dairy cow at the lighthouse to help feed the baby. Now they only lived there for a while because July 1916 was the year the hurricane passed and they had to evacuate. And that’s interesting, too, because it was one of three hurricanes that happened every ten years and kind of helped tear down Monroe Park, which was another thing I didn’t know anything about.
I lived maybe my whole life and had no idea we had this Coney Island of a beach front that was here
Invoice: Yeah. John Nodar mentioned it once or twice and told me about it. It’s so interesting. I’ll tell you, we can’t go through all the secrets.
Jessica: You need to get the book and the timing.
Invoice: You will have to get the book. But we have opportunities for people to meet you and, uh, and a signature. It happens tomorrow night.
Amy Delcambre: Yes. So tomorrow night at the Western Regional Mobile Library, we have our Writers Guild meeting. It’s free to the public. Anyone can come. And then the following week, we’re going to do a casual book launch at the Icebox bar. And so it’s going to be a really fun and exciting way to meet me and a friend of mine who’s written another book on Mobile.
Invoice: It’s true. Jodi Cain Smith will be here on the red couch tomorrow, talking to us about her book. And we are going to find out all about it. So many good things to discover on Mobile. Amy Delcambre is our guest. Thank you very much for being here.
Amy Delcambre: Thank you for hosting me.