Founded in 1702, Mobile's major sources of employment and income today are aerospace, steel, shipbuilding, retail, services, construction, medicine, and manufacturing. As one of the Gulf Coast's oldest and historic cities, Mobile has also been been gaining additional revenue from the expanding tourism industry. This tourism finds support from the local art museums, a symphony orchestra, professional opera, professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture, establishing Mobile as one of the Gulf's main cultural centers.
There are several interesting museums and parks that tell about Mobile's history and culture. The Battleship Memorial Park, a military park on the shore of Mobile Bay, features the World War II era battleship USS Alabama, the World War II era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment. Other famous museums include the History Museum, the Oakleigh Historic Complex, the Mobile Carnival Museum, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, the Richards DAR House and the Conde-Charlotte House.
Mobile is famous for having the oldest Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. French colonial settlers introduced this festival from the first decade of the 18th century and Mobile had organized in 1930 a Carnival Mystic Society to lead in annual holding of the festival in February. To learn more about Mobile, please visit the city's website at https://www.cityofmobile.org/