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Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA

"Pensaco'la, a port of entry and the capital of Escambia co., Fla., on the N. shore of Pensacola Bay, about 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 50 miles direct S.E. of Mobile. It is the southern terminus of the Pensacola division of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which connects with the Mobile & Montgomery Railroad at Pensacola Junction (Flomaton); is the eastern terminus of the Pensacola & Perdido Railroad, extending to Millview, on Perdido Bay; the southern terminus of the Pensacola, Alabama & Tennessee Railroad, and the western terminus of the Pensacola & Atlantic Railroad. The harbor has 24 feet of water on the bar, and is one of the safest in the Gulf of Mexico. The entrance of it is defended by Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas. Pensacola has a custom-house, a convent, 20 churches, 2 newspaper offices, and several saw: mills. Steamers ply regularly between Pensacola and Mobile and Havana. Pop, in 1880,6845; in 1890, 11,750. The Pensacola navy-yard is at Warrington, 7 miles to seaward of the town."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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July 4, 1908

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History and News of Pensacola, Florida, USA

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  • 1559 - August 14 - Spanish explorer de Luna lands in Pensacola Bay,Fla
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    1559 - Hurricane wrecks Spanish expedition
    A Spanish fleet of 74 ships sent to recapture Florida sailed into a hurricane. Most of... Read MORE...

  • 1698 - Pensacola founded
    First established by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559; abandoned in 1561. Permanently established in 1698. www.wikipedia.org
  • 1812 - War of 1812
    During the War of 1812, Spain allowed Britain to use Pensacola as a naval base.
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  • 1814 - Naval Base Captured
    American troops captured the naval base in Pensacola.
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  • News  1861 - September 13 - 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
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    September 13, 1861
  • February 13, 1889 - It was the coldest morning of record along the Gulf Coast. The temperature dipped to 7 above zero at Pensacola FL.
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  • News  1893 - Yellow Jack
    Its Appearance at Pensacola, Fla., Officially Reported

    PENSACOLA, Fla., Aug. 9. - The Escambia county board of health issued the following... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Pensacola, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Escambia co., Fla., on the N. shore of Pensacola Bay, about 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - DELUGE FOLLOWS FATAL HURRICANE; USE STREET BOATS. THIRTY KNOWN DEAD NEAR PENSACOLA, WITH LOSS OF $8,000,000.
    Pensacola, Fla., (via Flomaton, Ala., by courier)
    Sept. 29. - Flood followed hurricane wind, and rain this morning, and the city tonight is nearly... Read MORE...

  • 1917 - September 28 - A hurricane hit Pensacola, FL. Winds gusted to 95 mph, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.50 inches.
    The Weather Channel
  • News  1926 - Five Believed Buried Under Factory Ruins Firemen Continue to battle $200,000 Blaze Started by Blast
    Ten Are Injured In Mystery Accident
    Cause of Tragedy Undetermined by Heads of Business

    Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 2.-(AP)-With the known dead... Read MORE...

  • 1926 - September 20 - A hurricane which hit Miami, FL, on the 18th, pounded Pensacola with wind gusts to 152 mph. Winds raged in excess of 100 mph for four hours, and above 75 mph for 20 hours.
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  • 1954 - January 13 - WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
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