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By Earline Smith Crews
Guest Writer 

Powell's moonlight tourist camp, part 1


February 13, 2020

Courtesy Photo

Powell's Cafe circa 1946

Tony Powell, son of Marvin and Grace Powell, shared his history of Powell's Café & Cabins for this story.

In 1943, Tony's Dad purchased some land where the first Powell's Café sat. Marvin met Grace when he was working at the shipyard in Mobile during WWII. The two got married and moved to the Flomaton area to build a home and shortly afterward built the first Café. Grace had experience running a Café as she had worked in Mobile at a Greek restaurant for several years.

In July 1946 Marvin and Grace opened Powell's Café. The Café sat close beside Highway 31. The major highway...

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