Some people call this vacation, I call it home!
Pensacola Municipal Auditorium (Bay Center) This was built in the early 1950's at the end of South Palafox Street overlooking the bay. It was built on fill land. At one time there was a nice restaurant on the bay side overlooking the water. The auditorium was torn down about 2004-2005 because of damage from Hurricane Ivan. Many concerts were played here including Elvis (3 shows in Feb. 1956), Buddy Holly, the Bee Gees in the 1970's, and continued having concerts til 2002.
Pensacola 12th Ave (Rd to Airport) 1935 This road appears to be taken from the current intersection of Fairfield Dr and 12th Ave looking north. At the bottom of the hill is a small bridge over Bayou Texar. The road appears to be dirt or clay. Cordova Park is now all in this area, but that wasn't developed until the 1950s by the Baar Family. The Pensacola airport (known as Hagler Field) was started in 1933-1934 by a local businessman and later improved in 1935
Pensacola Beach - Casino - 1950. This was gone by about 1969. It had dressing rooms, snack bar, outdoor patio, mini golf, tennis courts, kiddie rides and large ballroom. It was built in 1931 when the bridge to the beach was built (people had to take private boats or a ferry to get to the beach before then.) The Casino Beach parking lot is now on the site of this photo.
Pensacola 1891 Palafox St. Pensacola, Palafox St. looking north from Garden St. intersection to Lee Square (notice tower, possibly water towner). Tall building on right is old courthouse. Tall building on left is St. Michael's Catholic Church. Notice no cars and trolley is horse drawn. Tall tower in the distance is the city waterworks (water tower).
Ferry Pass School - North Pensacola Area This is the original Ferry Pass School, built about 1880s. This photo is probably from 1900-1910. It was a two room school house and Mr. Tate was the first teacher. The school is now a private home on Pompano Drive in Pensacola (south of Johnson Avenue and east of Tippin Avenue.)
Pensacola Sanitarium - 1915 This supposedly was the area hospital before the Sacred Heart ("Pensacola Hospital") was built on 12th Avenue in 1915. The location was somewhere on Garden Street, west of Palafox. It was open at least as early as 1909 according to a deed located. Years of operation are unknown.
Bayou Texar This photo was taken of Bayou Texar in the early 1900′s and was in a book created by Pensacola photographer Cottrell. The book was brought to me and I copied the photos for the owner of the book. I have never seen another copy of this book and I have mentioned it in earlier posts … the book was titled ” Picturesque Pensacola “. I believe that this area of the Bayou is what you see to the south when you drive across the Cervantes Street bridge.