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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Brownsville Community

 
 
Brownsville Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 14, 2017
1. Brownsville Community Marker
Inscription.  In 1908, shortly after the extension of the trolley line west from Pensacola, Lucius Screven Brown (1874-1963) developed housing on seven blocks bounded by what is now Pace Boulevard, Strong Street, “W” Street and Gadsden Street. Brown’s builder, Haakon Paulsen, began calling the community Brownsville as it evolved into one of Pensacola’s first “suburbs.” Brown (1874-1963) had a long career in real estate, banking and insurance. He served the city on the City Council and as assistant postmaster. A bond issue held in Escambia County in 1912 resulted in the paving of Cervantes Street and Mobile Highway, and the extension of public water lines. This in turn intensified the residential building boom in Brownsville. The biggest concentration of houses from this period is to be found on Gadsden Street. Some commercial buildings in this nationally recognized area date back to the early 20th century because this was the road from Pensacola to Mobile. However, most of the commercial construction occurred just after World War II when automobile usage increased.
 
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Revitalization Committee and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-428.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 30° 25.262′ N, 87° 14.824′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of West Cervantes Street (U.S. 90) and North T Street, on the right when traveling west on West Cervantes Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pensacola FL 32505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kupfrian's Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Johns Historic Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); North Hill Preservation District (approx. 1.4 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 1˝ miles away); Pensacola Blues (approx. 1˝ miles away); Fort San Bernardo (approx. 1.6 miles away); Morrison Family Homestead (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort George (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Brownsville Community Marker looking west on US 90 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, November 14, 2017
2. Brownsville Community Marker looking west on US 90
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 498 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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