Dauphin Street is a major east-west route through the Old Dauphin Way and Carlen-Midtown Districts. It bisects the center of these districts. Dauphin Street was laid out in 1711 by the French and is one of the 10 original streets. Dauphin street derived its name from the word “dauphin.” The heir apparent to the French throne was known as the dauphin and his wife as dauphine. Lower Dauphin (LODA) is known as the "main street" of Mobile. It is the epicenter of everything in Downtown Mobile. As the city expanded westward the wealthiest citizens built their houses on this prominent corridor.