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Whistler, Alabama, was an unincorporated community in Mobile County, until the 1950s when it was annexed into neighboring Prichard. The founding of Whistler, in the 1850s, coincided with construction of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. The M & O, an early land grant railroad, eventually extended from Mobile to the Ohio River, and beyond to Saint Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. The town, 7 miles north-northwest of Mobile, developed around the M & O shops. Whistler was named for famous railroad construction engineer and West Point Military graduate, George Washington Whistler, who was father of James McNeill Whistler. The younger Whistler was painter of "Arrangement in Grey and Black," which is better known as "Whistler's Mother."
Currently the US Postal Service ZIP code 36612 is accepted as Whistler. Eight Mile Creek flows along much of the northern side of Whistler, before joining Chickasabogue, a tributary of Mobile River. During Whistler's heyday, both creeks provided popular swimming holes for cooling off during hot summer months. Currently, Mobile County's Chickasabogue Park offers a place to relive old times with a cooling dip in the creek. The park's swimming area has been used for generations.
U.S. Highway Route 45, which originates in Mobile, passes through Whistler en route to Chicago and on to Lake Superior, in Michigan's upper peninsular. Now, most would be U.S. 45 travelers use Interstate Highway 65, which passes on the eastern edge of the town. I-65 goes from Mobile to the shores of Lake Michigan, just east of Chicago at Gary, Indiana.
Whistler was annexed into the City of Prichard in the 1950s, thus the Prichard 36612 ZIP Code. At that time, many historic Whistler street names were changed, due to duplication with Prichard street names or to continue Prichard street names. The annexation of Whistler and neighboring Eight Mile community resulted in the highest census population ever for Prichard: 47,371.
- Ethel Ayler, actress
- Casey Jones, legendary railroad engineer, was baptized into the Catholic faith at Whistler's St. Bridget Church.
- Ellis Lankster, American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League
- Billy Williams, former Chicago Cub great and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is a native of Whistler. His nickname was "Sweet Swingin' Billy from Whistler."
- "Feature Detail Report for: Whistler (Mobile County, Alabama)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Thomas S. Hischak (1 January 2003). Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century. Scarecrow Press. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-8108-4761-3.
- "Casey Jones' Whistler Museum And Park -- Hon. Sonny Callahan (Extension of Remarks - October 14, 1993)". Congressional record.
- "Ellis Lankster". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- Armour, Mark. "Billy Williams". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved March 16, 2015.