James Roper, an antebellum cotton factor in Mobile, Alabama, built this Greek Revival mansion known as Oakleigh in 1833. It is now located in what is known as the Oakleigh Historic District and is owned by the city and operated as a period museum.
The south's booming cotton trade resulted in the construction of the U.S. Customs House, which was built in the early 1850s and stood on the southwest corner of Royal and St. Francis streets for more than one hundred years. It was torn down in 1963...
The John Quill, a sternwheel riverboat, was built in 1907 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. She was 168 feet in length, 35 feet in breadth, with a crew of 25. Here she is carrying one of Mobile's most prolific exports -- cotton.
The exterior of the Cotton Exchange Building in Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile and Ohio Railroad had its general offices in this building at the time this photograph was taken. The building was demolished in the 1960s.