Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Difficult mail delivery to Dauphin Island


April 4, 2019

Isham Benjamin MCKINLEY (bottom left) delivered mail to Dauphin Island by sailboat in the early 1900s.

A trip to Dauphin Island almost invariably guarantees beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches and friendly people who call the island home. My prior assessments of visits to Dauphin Island proved as true as a compass when a late March visit to the island brought me to the Dauphin Island Visitor Center in the Little Red School House and a meeting with Mr. James Hall, the Director, of the Dauphin Island Museum.

The island always held an allure due to the fact that the first cousin of my great great grandfather delivered mail by sailboat to the island and local communities in the early 1900s. I...

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