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Pensacolians and visitors alike have always been drawn to the beach no matter what era. While beach lovers have been a constant for more than a century, there have been many changes to Pensacola Beach, which today is recognized as one of the best beaches in America. Remember Pensacola Beach before cars and traffic? Remember the days when there were just a few buildings on the island and the rest of it was pristine and untouched?
Before then, the only way to reach the island and its beautiful sugar-sand beaches was by boat. In the s, Pensacolian O. Wernicke became fixated on the idea of pair of bridges connecting Pensacola with the Fairpoint Peninsula and Santa Rosa Island. Unfortunately, Wernicke died of a heart attack in Augustless than a year before the bridges opened. After the new, four-lane Philip Dane Beall Sr. Memorial Bridge was opened inthe old bridge was converted to a fishing pier and remained in service until being heavily damaged by Hurricane Ivan in When it opened inthe first Pensacola Bay Bridge had a toll.
Pensacolian Thomas A. Johnson abolished the toll during his tenure as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation in the s; the bridge was renamed in his honor in The Pensacola Beach Casino opened alongside the two bridges in June A fishing pier 1, feet long is in process of completion, and reaches from the casino out into the gulf where water is 22 feet deep. Despite the name, the Casino was a recreational complex, not a gambling destination.
The bridges and the Casino were inaugurated with great fanfare. On the morning on June 13,a parade marched from Pensacola across the two bridges to the Casino, where an all-day program was held. After the ceremony the crowd, ing many thousands of people, inspected the Pensacola t date these guys proper and soon the surf was filled with shouting children and smiling grownups enjoying the cool waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Patterson, commodore of the Pensacola Yacht Club.
Skippers from eight of the gulf coast yacht clubs competed with skippers from the Pensacola club and the Naval Alr Station in a series of fish class sloop races. Later in the afternoon a program of motor boat races was run. Following these events a lull in the official program provided time for another plunge in the surf until dinner was served.
The night program was fully as thrilling as that of the daylight hours. An anti-aircraft battery from the coast artillery post at Fort Barrancas gave an exhibition of searchlight and anti-aircraft firing.
Tracer bullets were used and the spectacle was of great interest to the throngs of witnesses. Following the gun fire, a huge display of fireworks consumed an hour and then the program brought most of the throng into the Casino or on its cooling verandas, where dancing continued until well past midnight. A rare look inside the Pensacola Beach Casino, circa s. Other events hosted at the Casino included the Miss Florida beauty ant and fishing tournaments. Pensacola photographer Charles T.
Cottrell captured the above scene, along with the rest of the photographs in this collection. Cottrell took tens of thousands of photographs over his five-decade career, leaving behind more than five tons of glass negatives in his Palafox Street studio when he retired. Many of those negatives were later purchased by Philip A. Pfeiffer, who donated them to the University of West Florida in Completed inthe newer pier is wider, taller, and until was the longest pier on the Gulf Coast. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This was amazing travel through time. Thanks for sharing. I moved here 7 years ago from busy Atlanta. My trips were here as a kid growing up. Only I never saw the pristine beach shown in your photos.
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Pensacola Beach is the best beach in Florida. My mother took several of us children to the Beach the afternoon of opening day. I was five years old. Later, when in High school, we rode bicycles to the beach on Saturdays, took a lunch and stayed most of the day.
We ate our lunch in a tavern and bought R. Colas for 5 cents. The first picture of the two guys boxing were of my father and my uncle… Charlie an Gussie Varazo. I have the same picture hanging on my wall for many years… thanks for sharing great memories. Thank you for the wonderful photos and memories of the beach before modern times hit. It is still my favorite beach that i have sunk my toes in and will always love and brag about how beautiful it is. I miss it. Frances, is Steve Gunter your brother?
Do you remember me? Write me. Thank you for sharing these old photos of Pensacola Beach. I started surfing at the beach in the summer of thanks to a young man who would become a dear friend, Yancy Spencer 3rd.
A lot has changed over the years but still remains a very popular place to surf, eat and enjoy the outdoor life. Wonderful Pensacola Beach memories.
We have Heaven right here in Pensacola!! I remember my parents pulling their dune buggy from Birmingham in the early 70s to the beach,and seeing the white casino building is a memory of mine,as well as riding dune buggies all over the dunes.
Does anyone have pictures of the sound side dock with the high dive and low diving boards at the end of it? This is where I learned how to swim. I was so proud of myself when I got up enough nerve to dive off the high dive!
Iam looking for pictures of the old Santa Rosa drawbrige, aroundand pictures of the Pier Lounge which was on th Pensacola Beach side of the bridge. Excellent weblog right here! Additionally your web site rather a lot up very fast! What host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink for your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol.
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Pensacola Beach: history in photos. But Pensacola Beach as we know it today began when the bridges opened on June 13, The first Pensacola Bay Bridge shortly before it opened in The Pensacola Beach Casino opened alongside the bridges on June 13, Beachgoers sit under umbrellas at the Pensacola Beach Casino. Addresses were made by Secretary of State for Florida R. Landis, attorney-general of Florida; Birch O. Mahaffey of St.
Louis, one of the financial backers of the project, and A. Rear Admiral T. Magruder, commanding the Eighth Naval district of which Pensacola is a part, delivered the final address of the ceremony. Both the U. Yonge presided as master of ceremonies. The Pensacola Beach Casino, circa s. Thanks for sharing these great photos!