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Pensacola, Florida, USA - Pensacola Light House, 1905

Pensacola, Escambia, FL

Pensacola is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags", due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), "Cradle of Naval Aviation", "Western Gate to the Sunshine State", "America's First Settlement", "Emerald Coast", "Red Snapper Capital of the World", and "P-Cola".


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Pensacola Light House, 1905
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Pensacola Light House, 1905
Fort Mc Rae
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Life Saving Station on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola, Fla., 1907
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Life Saving Station on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola, Fla., 1907
Y.M.C.A., 1907
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M. A. Baker & Co. Manufacturers
Seamless Turpentine Stills
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M. A. Baker & Co. Manufacturers
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The Pensacola Journal
Pensacola, Florida
July 4, 1908
The Casino. Florida's Newest Playground. Pensacola, Florida
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The Casino. Florida's Newest Playground. Pensacola, Florida
Elks' Hall and Osceola Club House
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Elks' Hall and Osceola Club House
Historic Fort San Carlos and Fort Barrancas
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Historic Fort San Carlos and Fort Barrancas
Taking Logs up to Mill to be sawed into Lumber, Pensacola, Fla.
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Taking Logs up to Mill to be sawed into Lumber, Pensacola, Fla.
San Carlos Hotel
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Sun and Surf Bathing on the Beautiful White Sands at Pensacola Beach, Fla.
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Sun and Surf Bathing on the Beautiful White Sands at Pensacola Beach, Fla. "On the Gulf of Mexico"
McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church
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Azalea Motel
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Sanders Beach
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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 the fleet was sunk, but one ship survived and founded a colony near Pensacola, Fla.

Hurricane timeline: 1495 to 1800
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1698 - Pensacola founded
First established by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559; abandoned in 1561. Permanently established in 1698.
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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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1854 - Pensacola
Pensaco'la, a port of entry and capital of Escambia county, Florida, is situated on the W. shore of Pensacola bay, about 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 64 miles E. from Mobile, and 180 miles in a direct line W. from Tallahassee. The harbor will admit only vessels of light draft, but it is one of the safest in the Gulf. The shore, which is low and sandy, rises gently to the height of about 40 feet. The plan of the town is regular, and the streets are wide. It contains several churches, a market house, custom house, and 3 newspaper offices. The United States Government has established a naval station here...

The clearances for foreign ports were 19, tons 3996, of which 3450 were in American bottoms. Population, in 1850, 2164.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
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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1893 - Yellow Jack
Its Appearance at Pensacola, Fla., Officially Reported

PENSACOLA, Fla., Aug. 9. - The Escambia county board of health issued the following official paper: 'The board of health regrets to announce that two deaths have occurred in this city, that of Rev. F. C. Waite and Ellen Wood, both pronounced yellow fever. The houses have been isolated, the bedding and all clothing destroyed and all necessary precautions taken to prevent spreading of the fever.'

This created almost a panic and at least 1500 people left the city by tonight's trains.
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Idaho Statesman
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August 10, 1893
1895 - Pensacola
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... 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 50 miles (direct) SE. of Mobile, on the Louisville and Nashville (Pensacola division) and the Pensacola, Alabama and Tennessee Rs. It has a deep harbor, which is one of the safest in the Gulf of Mexico. The entrance to it is defended by Forts Pickens, McRae, and Barrancas. Pensacola has large grain-elevators and an extensive shipping trade in ship-lumber, fish, hides, wool, cotton, and naval-stores. Among its notable public buildings are the federal building, state armorey, and opera-house. Pop. in 1880, 6845; in 1890, 11,750; in 1900, 17,747. The Pensacola navy-yard is at Warrington, 7 miles to seaward of the town.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
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 submerged. Seven and one-half inches of rain fell in a little over three hours and the main streets of the city were turned into veritable rivers by this tremendous downpour. In some instances the water is shoulder deep. First floor cellars and many residences were deluged. Business is at a standstill. Debris of every description is floating through the streets, being the mute messengers of the terrible West Indian hurricane of last Thursday.
Unique and quaint methods are being devised to go from one part of the city to another. Small boats, bathing suits, rafts, and like methods are being used.

From the latest reports obtainable the list of dead in this vicinity number at least thirty. The damage will total, at the lowest estimate $8,000,000, as a result of the recent storm and flood.

The following list of the dead has been revised ... Read MORE...

1917 - September 28 - A hurricane hit Pensacola, FL. Winds gusted to 95 mph, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.50 inches.

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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 numbering twelve, ten injured in hospitals and five workmen missing, firemen continued tonight to battle flames which resulted today when a fire retort at the Newport Tar and Turpentine company exploded, with expectation that the bodies of the missing would be recovered from the ruins.

Fire officials estimated the damage to the property at $200,000. The blast which came a little more than an hour after the plant opened today, demolished one unit of the large plant in which 22 men were working. Flames spread in the resinous premises and soon engulfed other units. Some of those who were injured were believed to have been standing near the unit which exploded and were caught before they could flee to safety.

The cause of the explosion was undetermined tonight. Many of those killed were badly mutilated and some of the bodies are still in the... 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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2023 - Here are some of the best places to go and things to do in Pensacola:
1. Pensacola Beach:

Pensacola Beach: One of the main draws of the area, Pensacola Beach boasts sugar-white sand and crystal-clear waters. Whether you want to relax on the beach, swim, or try your hand at various water sports like paddleboarding and jet skiing, this is the place to be.

Fishing: Pensacola Beach is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities. You can cast your line from the Pensacola Beach Gulf Fishing Pier or book a charter for deep-sea fishing.

Quietwater Beach Boardwalk: This boardwalk is a hub of activity, with shops, restaurants, and live music. It's a great place to stroll and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.

2. Historic Pensacola Village:

Historic Pensacola Village: Immerse yourself in Pensacola's rich history by visiting this meticulously restored historic district. Explore historic homes, museums, and learn about the city's colonial past.

T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum: Located in the historic district, this museum showcases the... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Pensacola, Florida, USA

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male ancestorWilliam SIMS (17 October 1831, , Alabama, USA - 17 February 1905, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorSvor STEARNS (18 February 1835, Farmington, Florida, USA - 2 February 1917, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorJ. W. KOHLER (23 July 1837, Buffalo, New York, USA - 15 March 1916, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorHenry L. TROTTER (27 March 1840, , Alabama, USA - 24 February 1919, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorHenry STIVEN (6 June 1845, , Indiana, USA - 28 January 1906, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth A. CRETHEWAY (20 May 1847, , England (United Kingdom) - 10 October 1913, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Hazard NORTHUP (28 January 1848, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA (Kingston) (West Kingston) (Matunuck) (Peace Dale) (Wakefield) - 5 February 1925, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorHardy SIMPSON (1848, , South Carolina, USA - 11 October 1913, Pensacola, Florida, USA)
male ancestorThomas SIMMONS (1849, , Florida, USA - 1 February 1919, Pensacola, Florida, USA)

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