Malbis, Alabama facts for kids
|Elevation||197 ft (60 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0156648|
|Location||10145 US 90|
|Nearest city||Daphne, Alabama|
Malbis is an Unincorporated community in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The community lies at the crossroads of U.S. 90 and Alabama State Route 181 just south and north of I-10. Portions of the settlement are today within the city limits of Daphne. The incorporated city of Loxley lies to the east, and Spanish Fort to the north.
The Malbis Plantation was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in May 2011.
Known originally as the Malbis Plantation, the settlement was founded in 1906 by Jason Malbis. Malbis was a Greek philanthropist born in Doumena, Greece as Antonius Markopoulos. Malbis had been an Orthodox monk before coming to the United States to investigate the condition of fellow Greeks who had immigrated to the US. He changed his name to Jason Malbis and migrated south to Alabama.
While traveling through Alabama, Malbis became enamored with Baldwin County and purchased the land that would become the Greek colony. The community was populated for many years mostly by those either secular or religious Greek heritage. The Malbis Memorial Church, a Greek Orthodox church was built by the settlers and still stands today.
The community once included The Malbis Bakery, an ice plant, plant nursery, cannery, hotels, restaurants, its own power plant, turpentine, dairy, lumber, water towers and many acres of farmland. During the peak of the colony's success, the economy was largely based upon providing table food to nearby Mobile, Alabama. Much of the land was sold for commercial development, including a 500-acre (2.0 km2) soybean field, which is currently covered by a large retail shopping mall.
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