To follow up my two previous posts focusing on the homes of the characters in The Possession Chronicles, I’m going to take a few weeks to showcase other setting locations. First off, here is a 2018 aerial view of downtown Mobile, Alabama. It’s taken from the north, looking south–so the opposite of a map if you pull one up to see more. Mobile River is on the left/east (see the cruise ship–there’s a terminal for it on the riverfront).
I’ve marked some key streets and locations–some of which no longer exist, but I’ll note them below.
A: The historic Courthouse (no longer there–it’s now Mardi Gras Park. The current “Government Plaza” is the large building two properties to the right.)
B: Battle House Hotel (still at the corner of Royal and St. Francis, rebuilt from the 1905 fire–it really happened as it did in Perilous Confessions).
C: Bienville Square (with the fountain, still there!)
D: Marking the spot between Melling and Associates (obviously a fake business, but a real location with an updated building currently there) and the Aethelwulf Club, the exclusive men’s club inspired by a real one–mentioned most often in the short stories.
E: Alexander’s “duplex” (on St. Francis Street, private home, still standing)
F: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (It was made Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception about sixty years ago–and as such, now has crypts for the bishops in the basement.)
G: Temperance Hall, sight of Mardi Gras masquerades and more (torn down in 1923, new building in its place)
BONUS: The three main roads that run eat/west are marked:
Government Street–the courthouse was on it and the Mellings’ mansion would be about a mile to the right/west off the photograph.
Dauphin Street–a major shopping area and trolley line in the day (still shopping and entertainment/arts district–similar to the French Quarter in that other Southern city that also celebrates Mardi Gras though Mobile started it).
St. Francis Street–often mentioned (Melling and Associates, the duplex, etc. are on it)
(Conti Street runs between Government and Dauphin Street, but it isn’t notable to the plot lines in the series.)
Frederick’s house would be three blocks down/north and three blocks right/west from “G”, but State Street is off the map.
The Eastons’ house is about 3 miles to the right/west from the cathedral–between Dauphin and Government streets off Catherine St.
The original location of Trinity Episcopal (Frederick Davenport’s congregation)–it’s now several miles to the west down Dauphin Street after being moved brick by brick–was at the corner of St. Anthony and Jackson Streets, right about at the bottom right corner of the photograph.
Monroe Park, no longer in existence, would be a mile or more south, on Mobile Bay, after Mobile River meets the bay. Location of several dates/outings for characters. It had the roller coaster, Yacht Club pier, and more.
Now, which places would you like to learn more about? I’ve already had a request for the cathedral, so I’ll share about that next time for sure.
P.S. Here’s a teaser for the next novel in The Possession Chronicles. The expected release date is December 14, 2021, so plan to add it to your winter reading list. There are several holiday scenes in it and nothing says “Merry Christmas” more than dysfunctional family drama, right? And yes, that’s Mobile’s cathedral in the image. Cover reveal for Barren Devotion coming soon!