“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Trader Jon's

Trader Jon's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
1. Trader Jon's Marker
Inscription.  This building was erected in 1896 and rented to numerous businesses until the 1950s. One of the most significant tenants in the early 1900s was Samuel Charles, one of Pensacola's most prominent black businessmen, whose shoe repair shop became Pensacola's largest shoe repair and sales store at that time. In the 1920s the building was occupied by Birgar Testman's ship chandlery. Since the early 1950s the building has been owned and occupied by Trader Jon's, a favorite haunt of U.S. Navy and other military personnel. The tavern has gained international fame for its unusual and extensive display of military memorabilia which surrounds the clientele.
Erected 1991 by the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-334.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 30° 24.43′ N, 87° 12.848′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker
Closed Trader Jon's image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 10, 2014
2. Closed Trader Jon's
is on South Palafox Street 0.1 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 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. Industry At Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Territory for the U.S. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Andrew Jackson (about 500 feet away); Old Escambia County Court of Record Building (1912-1978)/Pensacola Little Theater-Pensacola Cultural (about 500 feet away); Colonial Pensacola - Archaeology Brings History to Life (about 600 feet away); The Life and Legacy of T. T. Wentworth, Jr. (about 600 feet away); William Dudley Chipley (about 600 feet away); Gateway to Florida’s History (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
Regarding Trader Jon's. Trader Jon's closed for good on November 9, 2003.
Also see . . .  Trader Jon's- Pensapedia Wiki entry. (Submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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