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Dauphin Island, Alabama: High Tide Toilets

A clever 19th century latrine designed so that Mobile Bay's tide would "flush" its toilets every day.

Fort Gaines

Address:
51 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL
Directions:
Fort Gaines. Hwy 193 south to Dauphin Island. Turn left (east) onto Bienville Blvd. Drive to the end of the island; you'll see the fort on the right.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
251-861-6992
Admission:
Adults $4.
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A row of outdoor toilet holes cut in a long, weathered wooden plank, hung from a brick wall.

High Tide Toilets

According to an accompanying sign, the communal latrine at Fort Gaines was designed so that Mobile Bay's tide would "flush" its toilets every day.

[Sharon, 03/21/2018]

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