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

Industry At Sea

 

— Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail —

 
Industry At Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
1. Industry At Sea Marker
Inscription.  Although the American Civil War (1861-1865) hindered much of Pensacola's early industrial growth, the city rebounded quickly once the war ended. Entrepreneurs from the northern United States saw great value in the area's deep port and natural resources. By the late 1800s, industries in lumber, fishing, brickmaking, and naval stores flourished. New steam-powered ships and railroads helped move these goods nationally and internationally.

Pensacola's industrial successes attracted people from around the world. Individuals and families arrived from places like Norway, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. Many of these new residents had valuable skills as sailors, merchants, and workmen. If you visited Pensacola in 1910, you would hear people speaking a wide variety of languages along the city's waterfront streets, docks, and markets.

Photo captions:
Left: Brickmaking was one of Pensacola's most successful industries. Bricks were transported along local rivers to the port of Pensacola for export across the United States. This brick is stamped "J. Gonzalez," a local brick manufacturer. (Image courtesy
Industry At Sea Marker looking west on Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
2. Industry At Sea Marker looking west on Main Street.
of UWF Archaeology Institute)
Background image: Portion of panoramic view of the Pensacola waterfront (colorized), c. 1903. (Image courtesy of the UWF Historic Trust)

 
Erected 2016 by the City of Pensacola and the University of West Florida Historic Trust. (Marker Number G.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 30° 24.448′ N, 87° 12.843′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of South Palafox Street and East Main Street, on the left when traveling south on South Palafox Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 South Palafox Street, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trader Jon's (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Territory for the U.S. (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Andrew Jackson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Escambia County Court of Record Building (1912-1978)/Pensacola Little Theater-Pensacola Cultural (about 400 feet away); Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life (about 400 feet away); The Life and Legacy of T. T. Wentworth, Jr.
View of marker looking south on Palafox Street towards Pensacola Bay. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 6, 2019
3. View of marker looking south on Palafox Street towards Pensacola Bay.
(about 500 feet away); William Dudley Chipley (about 500 feet away); Gateway to Florida’s History (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 117 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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