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Bars, Bars, Brothels, Brothels: A Red-Light Tour of Haunted Pensacola

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An October 2008 trip to Pensacola by Wildcat Dianne

Watch Andrew Jackson Blink! Photo, Idaho, United States More Photos
Quote: Halloween in historical Pensacola isn't all trick or treating. For Mom and me, it was a guided tour of several of the city's historic buildings and their haunted pasts. I think I hear Vincent Price laughing in the background!

Andrew Jackson Was Here

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Andrew Jackson's Headquarters III Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, a heroic general that saved New Orleans during the War of 1812, and eventually became the 7th President of the United States. But many people don't know that Andrew Jackson led an invasion of Florida in 1819 in order to wrest the territory away from Spain who had controlled Florida for most of the 250 years Pensacola had been in existence. Jackson established his headquarters in Pensacola and today, many of the buildings he worked or lived in have been destroyed or its ruins were buried six-feet under. On Church Street across the street from the Pensacola Historical Society lies the ruins of what was Andrew Jac...Read More

A Lynching at Chisley Park

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Andrew Jackson Obelisk at Chisley Park--Pensacola Photo, Idaho, United States
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Chisley Park is a tiny park located in the center of Downtown Pensacola across the street from the Pensacola Historical Society building. It was once a site of prostitutes hawking their wares to rich businessmen and sailors on leave, but today is a place for one to cool the barking dogs after a day of walking, sightseeing, and shopping in Downtown Pensacola. As Jim our guide was speaking, I was taking pictures of our surroundings, and when I turned my back to the group to try to get a shot of one of the old 5-story buildings, Jim goosed me in the back with his cane. Of course, I squealed and the picture was off focus. After that, I didn't turn my back on our guide. It was the first time I...Read More
Pensacola Tax Collector's Office Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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THE ESCAMBIA COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICERight next to the Escambia County Courthouse is the Escambia County Tax Collector's Office. This old Victorian relic was built in 1894 and once housed a bank for most of the 20th Century. The bank was run by a gentleman named Mr. R who had complete control of the daily goings on of the bank and its clients. Mr. R was the only one who counted the tellers' money tills and had complete say in who would get loans. Many of the tellers prefered to count their own tills, but Mr. R had control of that and the tellers accepted this. Mr. R was the bank manager for a long time and died in 1984. A year later, a ...Read More
Downtown Pensacola at Dusk Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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Downtown Pensacola today consists of South Palafox, Jefferson, Main, and other streets. It's a tiny part of the city of Pensacola, but it is very rich with history and the culture of the French, English, Spanish, Confederate, and American armies who occupied this city during its 450-year history. Of course no big city is without its seedier side and red light districts, and Pensacola had a thriving Red Light District up until after World War II. From the Civil War up until during and shortly after World War II, Pensacola's Red Light District was located right off the pier on Palafox Street and went as far as the Escambia County Courthouse. Almost every building you see standi...Read More
Window at the Pensacola Cultural Center Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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Our last stop on our Red LIght Bars and Brothel Tour of Historic Pensacola was the Pensacola Little Theater. Built in the late-19th Century, this beautiful white building near the Palafox Pier began its history as the Pensacola Jail and from the late-19th to mid-20th Century, the jail housed some of Pensacola's most notorious criminals and miscreants and was the site of several hangings.Our guide Jim guided us through one of the alleys going through downtown Pensacola near Jackson's Restaurant across from the Pensacola Little Theater. On this cool October night, the building glowed in a warm yellow light and looked peaceful and didn't look anything like the prison it onc...Read More

A Funny Tour of Haunted Pensacola

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Andrew Jackson's Headquarters III Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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After 16 years of relative isolation in Idaho and not a lot of cultural and historical activities in the area, I vowed once getting settled in Pensacola that I wouldn't be spending a lot of time sitting on my butt getting fat on Cheetos and would take advantage of the many historical and cultural activities the City of Five Flags had to offer through out the year. Last month, The Pensacola Journal had an article on the Annual Haunted Tours of Historical Pensacola, and I was immediately piqued by the one tour called The Red Light Tour of Pensacola: Brothels and Bars, and I asked Mom if she was interested in going on the tour the Saturday before Halloween, and she was just as eager as I ...Read More