Long before Alabama was a State, the island off the southern tip of Mobile Bay was inhabited by Native Americans who fished, hunted, gathered oysters and shellfish. Their presence is noted by the shell mounds located at the Shell Mount Park on the Island. The French came in 1699, pirates in 1777, the British and the Spanish before Alabama became part of the United States of America.
Fort Gaines was built to defend the new territory of Alabama and battles were fought in Mobile Bay during 'the most recent unplesantness' , the Civil War.
Today Dauphin Island is one of the most peaceful settings along the Gulf Coast.
The quality that separates Dauphin Island from many of the gulf islands is that it is mostly a residential area with no super high rise condos to marr the specacular sunsets.
Single family residental beachfront homes, condos and gated communities are nestled along the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Inland homes on quiet streets and bayfront homes are also available.
An easy drive south from Interstate 10 with no heavy traffic makes life on Dauphin Island a treasure of the Gulf.