Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bankhead Tunnel







24 comments:

  1. Sara Haase
    Having moved to Baldwin County in my youth, but with many relatives and my father's business connections still in Mobile, we traveled back and forth across the Causeway at least 7-10 times a week. One of my fondest memories is of waving at the gentlemen who had the (mis)fortune of sitting in the tunnel as they made sure the traffic flowed without incident. I stil travel back and forth through it at least 5 times a week and am always amazed at the narrow lanes as I remember the "landyachts" of years past who passed each other without incident.

    Pam Dismukes Perkins
    As a child, all the children in the car would see who could hold their breath to the other end of the tunnel. I think this was prompted by parents tired of hearing all the squabbling.

    William Norville Harrison
    Sara, the older gentleman died, probably from some illness related to being stuck in there with all the fumes. But the younger guy actually worked his way up and eventually was over the operation at both tunnels. I think he retired last year or the year b4. His name was Mr. Criswell I believe.

    Sara Haase
    I seem to recall one of the gentlemen was named "Culpepper," I believe?

    William Norville Harrison
    He might have been the older guy. I worked 4 the DOT 4 about 10years and that was the story I was told

    David Culwell
    There were hundreds of 8x10 negatives of the tunnel construction project. All were shot on early safety film & were as wrinkled as potato chips by the the time the USA Photo Archives got a hold of them. Very few could even be printed.

    Sara Haase
    I remember as a child, once I heard the tunnel went underwater, always looking for cracks in it or water running down the walls. LOL
    19 hours ago · Like · 2 people
    Fran Stromei Steele A friend in my water aerobics class was talking to me the other day about living in Mobile while her father was in charge of the building of the Bankhead Tunnel. Small world. I'll be sure and share this with her. It was so exciting to go through the tunnel to eat at Palmer's Restaurant on a Friday night.

    Glenda Mathis
    When it was completed my parents, along with many other, walked through the tunnel before cars started driving through it. It had a toll of $.25 for many years.
    18 hours ago · Like · 1 person
    Sara Haase oh wow... Palmer's.... standing outside in line waiting for a table as a hungry, tired, irritable child... LOL

    Glinda Vegliacich
    My father-in-law worked on the tunnel and somwhere inside are the initials of all his children.

    Pamela Burton Walker
    My Mother's two uncles were bridge tinders at the Tensaw River and the old Cochran Bridge. One actually lived in a small house on piers right next to the bridge. My grandmother refused to go anywhere near the tunnel, we always had to go around over the old Cochran Bridge to get to the causeway to buy gas at $.19/Gallon.

    Sandra Jones Drummond
    Us Jones sisters would yell out the windows, making the sound that was just the tunnel sound...what else can I say..it was awesome! we would also wave to the tunnel men as well! The tunnel and the causeway were some of our best memories of gtowing up in Mobile...as My daddy , JB use to say, why would anyoe wan to live anywhere else?.. the greatest city in the world! It is truly one of the most beautiful!

    Cecile Langham Cothran
    I remember when very young anticipating the thrill of the tunnel. All the way from North Augusta to Mobile, I couldn't wait to see my grandmother... and the tunnel!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sara Haase
    Having moved to Baldwin County in my youth, but with many relatives and my father's business connections still in Mobile, we traveled back and forth across the Causeway at least 7-10 times a week. One of my fondest memories is of waving at the gentlemen who had the (mis)fortune of sitting in the tunnel as they made sure the traffic flowed without incident. I stil travel back and forth through it at least 5 times a week and am always amazed at the narrow lanes as I remember the "landyachts" of years past who passed each other without incident.

    Pam Dismukes Perkins
    As a child, all the children in the car would see who could hold their breath to the other end of the tunnel. I think this was prompted by parents tired of hearing all the squabbling.

    William Norville Harrison
    Sara, the older gentleman died, probably from some illness related to being stuck in there with all the fumes. But the younger guy actually worked his way up and eventually was over the operation at both tunnels. I think he retired last year or the year b4. His name was Mr. Criswell I believe.

    Sara Haase
    I seem to recall one of the gentlemen was named "Culpepper," I believe?

    William Norville Harrison
    He might have been the older guy. I worked 4 the DOT 4 about 10years and that was the story I was told

    David Culwell
    There were hundreds of 8x10 negatives of the tunnel construction project. All were shot on early safety film & were as wrinkled as potato chips by the the time the USA Photo Archives got a hold of them. Very few could even be printed.

    Sara Haase
    I remember as a child, once I heard the tunnel went underwater, always looking for cracks in it or water running down the walls. LOL
    19 hours ago · Like · 2 people
    Fran Stromei Steele A friend in my water aerobics class was talking to me the other day about living in Mobile while her father was in charge of the building of the Bankhead Tunnel. Small world. I'll be sure and share this with her. It was so exciting to go through the tunnel to eat at Palmer's Restaurant on a Friday night.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Glenda Mathis
    When it was completed my parents, along with many other, walked through the tunnel before cars started driving through it. It had a toll of $.25 for many years.
    18 hours ago · Like · 1 person
    Sara Haase oh wow... Palmer's.... standing outside in line waiting for a table as a hungry, tired, irritable child... LOL

    Glinda Vegliacich
    My father-in-law worked on the tunnel and somwhere inside are the initials of all his children.

    Pamela Burton Walker
    My Mother's two uncles were bridge tinders at the Tensaw River and the old Cochran Bridge. One actually lived in a small house on piers right next to the bridge. My grandmother refused to go anywhere near the tunnel, we always had to go around over the old Cochran Bridge to get to the causeway to buy gas at $.19/Gallon.

    Sandra Jones Drummond
    Us Jones sisters would yell out the windows, making the sound that was just the tunnel sound...what else can I say..it was awesome! we would also wave to the tunnel men as well! The tunnel and the causeway were some of our best memories of gtowing up in Mobile...as My daddy , JB use to say, why would anyoe wan to live anywhere else?.. the greatest city in the world! It is truly one of the most beautiful!

    Cecile Langham Cothran
    I remember when very young anticipating the thrill of the tunnel. All the way from North Augusta to Mobile, I couldn't wait to see my grandmother... and the tunnel!

    Connie Jo Williams
    Remember the man that used to wave at the cars?

    Peggy Toomey Hammann
    my parents both had stories about walking through the tunnel at the grand opening...my teenage dad was towards the front with his entire family, and my mother was towards the back...she got tired and my grandfather carried her half the way..it sounds like the entire town showed up to walk through...no memories of how they got back!

    Mark D Berson
    I wonder if all the men you'd see sitting along the sides of the tunnel died from the fumes they consumed over the years.

    Diane Harris
    My mother used to tell us about walking through the tunnel when it first opened and what a treat it was for a country girl fome Mississippi. My sister and I had the pleasure of walking through the tunnel a couple of years ago in her memory. She had just died a short time before that at the age of 90.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Glenda Mathis
    When it was completed my parents, along with many other, walked through the tunnel before cars started driving through it. It had a toll of $.25 for many years.
    18 hours ago · Like · 1 person
    Sara Haase oh wow... Palmer's.... standing outside in line waiting for a table as a hungry, tired, irritable child... LOL

    Glinda Vegliacich
    My father-in-law worked on the tunnel and somwhere inside are the initials of all his children.

    Pamela Burton Walker
    My Mother's two uncles were bridge tinders at the Tensaw River and the old Cochran Bridge. One actually lived in a small house on piers right next to the bridge. My grandmother refused to go anywhere near the tunnel, we always had to go around over the old Cochran Bridge to get to the causeway to buy gas at $.19/Gallon.

    Sandra Jones Drummond
    Us Jones sisters would yell out the windows, making the sound that was just the tunnel sound...what else can I say..it was awesome! we would also wave to the tunnel men as well! The tunnel and the causeway were some of our best memories of gtowing up in Mobile...as My daddy , JB use to say, why would anyoe wan to live anywhere else?.. the greatest city in the world! It is truly one of the most beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cecile Langham Cothran
    I remember when very young anticipating the thrill of the tunnel. All the way from North Augusta to Mobile, I couldn't wait to see my grandmother... and the tunnel!

    Connie Jo Williams
    Remember the man that used to wave at the cars?

    Peggy Toomey Hammann
    my parents both had stories about walking through the tunnel at the grand opening...my teenage dad was towards the front with his entire family, and my mother was towards the back...she got tired and my grandfather carried her half the way..it sounds like the entire town showed up to walk through...no memories of how they got back!

    Mark D Berson
    I wonder if all the men you'd see sitting along the sides of the tunnel died from the fumes they consumed over the years.

    Diane Harris
    My mother used to tell us about walking through the tunnel when it first opened and what a treat it was for a country girl fome Mississippi. My sister and I had the pleasure of walking through the tunnel a couple of years ago in her memory. She had just died a short time before that at the age of 90.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello all, I have searched for awhile to find a group of people who are interested in the old tunnel. I love your stories, and Glenda, I have the original sign, that says 25 cent per passenger car! I have had it forever, never dreamed of parting with it, but circumstances are forcing me to. I contacted the Museum (one of them) and sent them pics, they would love to have it, but can't purchase things, so suggested I find someone who wants to buy it and donate, a tax write off and I guess you would get something on display, "donated by..." Or for avid collectors, just a cool piece. I am almost positive it was the only one made, and hope I can figure out how to post a pic...I am trying to find a picture that shows the actual sign in it~ I so wish I could donate it myself, but simply can't, and rather than it go to an antique dealer, and end up who knows where, I thought I might find someone one here who would buy and donate, or just really enjoy it, maybe to put in a restaurant,etc...please contact me if anyone knows of anyone interested! Thanks, Traci

    ReplyDelete
  7. bear grylls messer
    Review my webpage ; bear grylls messer

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've attempted for that preceding 35 a long time to get rid of and Retain OFF my stomach body body fat. I've
    attempted all the things from eating plan program tablets, personalized trainers, each and every diet regime ever proposed, I at this time pay out on two gymnasium memberships, at any given time, and in addition have not had the time for you to utilize the
    advantages of both one of them in over a yr.

    I have to state that only component that aided me best way to lose weight and gain muscle hoping the environment, ease and also the availability from your services currently
    being opened from five:00a.m right up until ultimately 10:
    00pm would inspire me to remain on track, attend a
    whole lot on the cardio classes, aquatics courses, stage lessons etc…

    Here is my web site; seo59.info
    my web site > weight loss and diabetes

    ReplyDelete
  9. That is why a floor program is almost certainly the ideal factor to accomplish: measure
    the space and acquire furnishings accordingly. Even when the wiring installed inside a residence does
    not include conventional up-down toggle switches, upgraded plates are almost certainly nonetheless accessible.
    Putting a handful of round or uniquely-shaped pillows on the bed can act as a d.


    Here is my webpage: toddler boy room decoration ideas

    ReplyDelete
  10. Nice blog! Is youг theme custom mаde or diԁ уou downlоаd it from ѕomewheгe?
    A thеme like yours with a few simple tweeks ωould rеаlly make my blog jump out.
    Ρlease let me knoω whеre you got your theme.
    Thanks a lot

    my website: yogurt for treating acne

    ReplyDelete
  11. re having, you may be searching around for
    the perfect way to decorate your reception tables. It's also wise base choices around the existing features in the bedroom. They're generally 30 to 35 inches high and 15 to 20 inches
    deep.

    Also visit my blog ... fall table decoration ideas

    ReplyDelete
  12. If you wаnt tο improve your κnoω-hoω ѕimply
    kеeρ visіting this webѕite and be uрԁаted with the mοst recent nеws update poѕteԁ
    here.

    Alsο viѕit my hοmеpage What foods help cure acne

    ReplyDelete
  13. This design is steller! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my
    own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say,
    and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    Also visit my weblog :: Best No2 Supplement

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wonԁeгful websitе you hаvе here but І was curious if you knеω of anу forumѕ thаt
    сoveг the samе topics talκed abоut heге?
    I'd really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

    Also visit my website :: potenzmittel

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hey very nice blog!

    Heгe is mу web pаge - Verdopple deine dates

    ReplyDelete
  16. Τhank you foг any οthеr informаtivе web ѕіte.
    The place else mаy just I am getting thаt type оf info
    wгitten in such a peгfect manner?
    I haѵe a mission thаt I am ѕimρly noω ορеrаting on, and I
    have beеn at the lоok оut for such infоrmatiοn.


    Here is mу webpage - acne skin care

    ReplyDelete
  17. WΟW just ωhаt I wаs searсhіng for.
    Ϲame hеre bу ѕeaгching
    for byρаѕt

    Here is mу web sitе ... Chatroulette

    ReplyDelete
  18. Аmazing things here. I'm very happy to see your article. Thank you a lot and I am looking ahead to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

    Feel free to surf to my site ... les hémorroïdes

    ReplyDelete
  19. Have you ever thought about аdԁіng a littlе bit more than just yοur
    artіcles? I mean, what yοu sаy is ѵaluаble and еverything.
    Howеveг imagine if you addeԁ somе great graphics οr
    ѵіdeo cliρs to give your posts
    more, "pop"! Your content is еxcellent but
    wіth piсs and clips, this wеbsite could
    ԁefinitelу bе one of the mοst benеficіal іn іts niche.
    Terгіfiс blоg!

    Alsο visіt my ωebpage - HTTP://Www.Cinexs.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks for finally ωriting аbоut > "Bankhead Tunnel"
    < Liked it!

    Also visit my blog post ... Acne Home Remedy

    ReplyDelete
  21. What's up, yup this paragraph is truly nice and I have learned lot of things from it about blogging. thanks.

    Feel free to visit my web page - smooth Acne scars Naturally

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi therе this іs kinԁ of of off topiс but І was ωanting to know if blogs use WYSIWҮG editors
    or if yοu havе tо mаnually сode with HTML.

    І'm starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    Here is my blog post Social media

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hеу! This is kinԁ of off toρic but ӏ need
    some aԁvice from an establiѕheԁ blog.
    Is it vеrу dіffiсult to set up your own blog?
    I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinkіng about setting uρ
    my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

    My page: curing premature ejaculation

    ReplyDelete
  24. It looks like most of these photographs belong to The McCall Library (formerly the University of South Alabama Archives) at the University of South Alabama, of which I am the director. While we are happy to let people use our images on their web sites, we do require a credit line to be posted along with the image so that others who may be interested will know from where it came.

    Please add a credit line reading "Courtesy of The McCall Library" beneath each image. If you have any questions, you may contact me at cellis@southalabama.edu.

    ReplyDelete