Since the Fairhope founders had community in mind when laying out the land for particular use, they were far-sighted enough to set aside over a mile stretch of beachfront property to be protected as public area in 1899. This came as a great influencer when nearby and traveling vacationers were choosing their getaway location.
The Fairhope Pier was an incredible attraction in the early 1900’s. The original pier was built in 1895. As the bay steamer would be easing into dock in Fairhope, the Thriller was waiting to greet the daredevils.
This giant metal waterslide was the to fun for many touring and local children, while the casino at the foot of the Fairhope Pier was the key draw for adults looking for entertainment. It wasn’t exactly what you would envision when you hear the word “casino” today, however. This casino was a bathhouse and concert hall.
Entertainment was incredibly easy to find, with the town being founded by poor artists, actors, writers and eccentrics.
To cool off after a long day at the Magnolia Pavillion romping down the beaches of Mobile Bay, Mr. Berglin’s Azalea brand Ice Cream Plant was churning out the perfect summer treat just down the road from the pier.
The Eastern Shore Yacht Club was built after the Hurricane of 1916 destroyed the Mobile Yacht Club on the opposite shore of Mobile Bay on July 5th, 100 years ago. This hall would house family events and teen dances until 9pm every night, and after that hour, it was strictly adult-only entertainment.
Most travelers would hope to stay in the Colonial Inn up the hill from the bustling beach scene.