PENSACOLA, FLORIDA >/
Part A---General Information
Pensacola is in West Florida, 64 miles southeast of Mobile, Alabama, 184
miles southwest of Montgomery, Alabama, and 389 miles west of Jacksonville.
Pensacola is on Pensacola Bay and Escambia Bay and near the Gulf of Mexico,
Topography of Escambia County has two divisions. One consists of territory
enclosed by waters of the Escambia Bay, Gulf, Pensacola Bay and Perdido Bay,
running inland 20 miles. The section is mostly level with an elevation of
about 100 feet above sea level. North of this area county is hilly, un-
dulations increasing as one goes north.
Local bus service: Pensacola has 34 buses used for local service to subur-
ban areas within a ten mile radius of city limits.
Highways: U. S. Highway 29,90 and 98 enter Pensacola.
Rail: Louisville & Nashville Railroad and Saint Louis San Francisco Rail-
way provide rail service.
Intercity bus service: Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines,
Capitol Motor Lines, Monroeville Bus Company and National Trailways.
Air: National Airlines and Eastern Air Lines provide air transportation.
Boat lines: Delta Lines, Agent John A. Merrit Co., Pensacola, provides boat
service to South America (Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janiero, Recife,
1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 120,000 105,262 74,667
Total city 76,686* 72,507* 52,059
Includes some suburbs immediately adjacent to City Limits.
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 66 year period.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Tomperature Rainfall
January 53.1 4.25 July 80.8 6.94
February 55.3 4.35 August 80.9 7.83
March 60.5 4.93 September 78.2 5.53
April 66.8 4.19 October 69.9 4.02
May 73.6 3.69 November 60.2 3.61
June 79.5 4.74 December 54.3 4.52
Annual 67.7 58.60
Smithsonian Institute report states that Pensacola's name was derived from
the name of an Indian tribe, the Panzacolas, that was living here when the
Spaniards discovered Pensacola Bay. Most interesting historical landmarks
that are still in existence are the old forts at Barrancas, one of which was
built in 1787. The forts are open to visitors. These forts adjoin the
Pensacola navall Air Station which is of interest to visitors. Pensacola's
history dates to 1559 when Tristan de Luna established the first white
settlement in North America.
5. HistoEZ (Cont.)
Previous to that date many Spanish explorers had sailed into Pensacola Bay.
Captured by the French in 1719, Pensacola changed hands three times during
that year, for the Spanish came back and drove out the French, only later to
be driven out again by the French. In 1724 by treaty Pensacola was restored
to Spain. Purchased by the British in 1763 it became the capital of British
Host Florida. Eighteen years later Spain again captured the city. Andrew
Jackson took the city in 1814 and seven years later it was ceded with all
Florida to the United States. Confederate troops captured the city in 1861,
6. Major Sources of Income
The Florida Pulp and Paper mill and the adjacent Alabama Pulp and Paper mill
are two of the largest employers in this area. The Alabama Pulp and Paper
mill has just started operating the largest multi-walled paper bag plant in
the United States. Two large fishing fleets from Pensacola sail regularly
to the Campeche Banks for red snapper. The Naval Air Training Bases at
Pensacola represent a $35,000,000 a year business. Also, Pensacola benefits
from the large Army Air Base at Eglin Field. Several large chemical plants
are major employers,
Name Te Circulation
News-Journal Twice daily 26,060 morning
Pensacola Courier (Negro) Daily
Pensacola Times Weekly 5,000
Pensacola Standard Weekly 2,175
West Pensacola Press Weekly 3,800
8. Radio Stations
Call Letters Freauency Watts Network
WCOA & WCOA-FM 1370 5000 NBC
WBSR 1450 250 ABC
WEAR 1490 250 Mutual
9. Private Schools and Colleges
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
i. Special Events
2. Athletic Events
Pensacola has high school and Naval Air Training Bases football games during
season. Amateur tennis tournaments are conducted by the Pensacola Tennis
Association. Pensacola is the spring training base of Nashville Vols of
Southern Association. Pensacola Fliers baseball team is a member of the
3. Commercial Attractions
Pensacola Kennel Club has greyhound racing from April 30 to June 21 and from
September 9 to October 30. Dog races are held Monday through Saturday nights.
Pensacola Motor Speedway has midget auto races. Admission for adults, 850;
4. Tourist Clubs
Pensacola has no organized tourist clubs.
5. Recreational Clubs
Pensacola Country Club, private membership, large clubhouse on Pensacola Bay,
with 18-hole golf course.
Pensacola Yacht Club, private membership, large clubhouse on Pensacola Bay.
Pensacola Camera Club, amateur photography group. Visitors welcome.
Sanders Beach, city-operated, swimming, tennis courts, dancing, community
sings, active chess, checker, domino, clubs. All facilities free of charge.
Proptwisters Club, model plane hobby group. Flight field on Murray Boulevard,
6. Civic Organizations
Name Day & Time-of Meeting Place of Meeting
Civitans Monday 1:00 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Rotary Tuesday 1:00 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Kiwanis Wednesday 1:00 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Pilot Club Wednesday 1:00 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Exchange Club Wednesday 12:15 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Lions Club Friday 1:00 p.m. San Carlos Hotel
Business & Professional
Women's Club 2nd Monday Army-Navy YMCA
Woman's Club 1120 E. Gregory
(Various others such as Garden Clubs, Scouting groups, a variety of hobby
groups such as amateur photography, bird lovers, model airplane, dog
7. Fraternal Organizations
Name Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Elks Elks club, 222 W.
Masons 51- E. Garden
Odd Fellows Belmont & Baylen Sts.
Am-Vets 2nd & 4th Monday
7:45 p.m. 21-g W. Romana
American Legion Barrancas Avenue
V. F. W. 236 W. Garden
Progress Club 101 W. Jackson
Shriners 1051- W. Garden
8. Organized Entertainment
Regular scheduled folk dancing, square dancing are held at city parks. Little
Theater is active. Pensacola Music Association brings nationally-known
artists to Pensacola. Tickets may be purchased at door.
9. Recreational Facilities
Bayview Park is city operated and has swimming, seven tennis courts, facil-
ities for chess, checkers, dominoes, etc., supervised play and adult rec-
reation program of square dancing. All facilities are free.
Sanders Beach is city operated and has swimming, playground equipment and
adult recreation program scheduled. All facilities are free.
Osceola Country Club is city owned and operated. An 18-hole gold course, $1
greens fee, is in good condition and open to public. Professionals on
duty. Has clubhouse and eating facilities.
Quail, dove, squirrel and door are found in this area. Hunting guides and
hunting lodges are not available in Pensacola.
Fresh water bream and trout are caught in Beck's Lake. Fresh and salt water
fish are caught in the Escambia River. Salt water trout, snapper, mullet,
tarpon, bonito, crevalla, sheepshead, flounder, mackerel and pompano are
caught in the Pensacola Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Escambia Bay.
11. Fishing (Cont.)
Fishing camps in the immediate vicinity are not open to the public. There
are many private camps. Boats are for hire at Pensacola Bay and Escambia
Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Escambia River and Beck's Lake are are near enough to
commute daily to tourist homes. Detailed fishing guides with map, are avail-
able at Municipal Advertising Board, 22 West Garden Street, Pensacola, Charter
fishing boat operators are: Captain Lyman Edmundson, Palafox Wharf; Captain
Adams, Yacht Club Basin; John Yelverton, 905 East Jordan, $30 half day, $50
all day, fishing tackle furnished, accommodates six persons.
Adventist, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Church of Christ, Church of Christ,
Scientist; Church of God, Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, Hebrew, Holiness,
Lutheran, Methodist, Nazanene, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Seventh Day
Adventist denominations have services in Pensacola.
$2.50 to $10
$2.00 and up
$2.00 and up
2. Tourist Courts and Homes
Pensacola Motor Lodges
Graystone Motor Lodges
Bayside Tourist Park
Scenic Bay Tourist Court
Bay Bridge Court
Mrs. Nolan's Tourist Home
Pensacola Tourist Homo
Casa Alta Vista
Bon Airo Hotel
Gulf Breeze Cottages
Shady Shore Cottages
Paradise Beach Cottages
1717 West Cervantes
807 North "P"
1641 West Cervantes
2305 West Cervantes
3543 Mobile Highway
3801 West Mobile Highway
3725 West Mobilo Highway
500 4th East Pensacola Heights
19 4th East Pensacola Heights
327 4th East Pensacola Heights
417 4th East Pensacola Heights
814 East Gregory
112 WTest Cervantes
215 West Cervantes
520 North Palafox
11 East Gregory
112 West Gregory
1600 East LaRua
Gulf Breeze, Florida
P. O. Box 827
Paradise Beach, Lillian, Ala.
Beach Cottages (Six
miles east of Pen-
Beach Cottages on
Santa Rosa Sound
(1- miles from
Gulf of Mexico)
14 miles west of
on waterfront of
3. Trailer Courts
Shady Oaks Trailer Park, five miles west of Pensacola on U. S. 90, has elec-
trical and drain connections. Rates $1 daily, $3 weekly. 40 spaces.
Bayside Tourist Park, two miles east of Pensacola on U. S. 90; 50 spaces,
water and drain connections, toilets, showers, Store and restaurant near
3. Trailer Courts (Cont.)
Pensacola Trailer Park, two miles west of Pensacola on U. S. 90, 35 spaces;
concrete front porch for 'each trailer space, all have water and electrical
connections; laundry on grounds. Rates $15 per month for two (over two,
$1 per month extra).
4. Other Accommodations
Further information on guest homes, apartments, and houses can be obtained
from the Chamber of Commerce or the Municipal A-dvertising Board.
Further information on Pensacola can be obtained from:
MUNICIPAL ADVERTISING BOARD
22 West Garden
CHAMBER OF CO MMERCE
37 East Garden