History Meets Industry – New Hotel in an Old TOwn
Just before Christmas, history met industry when a new Holiday Inn Express opened in downtown Pensacola. The hotel was constructed on the same location formerly occupied by a brick warehouse. The warehouse, established in 1905, was destroyed a hundred years later by Hurricane Ivan. Now, after 12 years of being unoccupied, the site is home to the first new hotel in downtown in almost 30 years.
In addition to the building’s industrial facade that blends well with the rest of its surroundings, the location is convenient walking distance to shops and restaurants. The hotel makes a perfect addition to the downtown area that is in need of more housing facilities to supplement its thriving businesses. If you have visitors coming in to town, give them a heads up that the price of downtown convenience starts at $106 per night.
What do you think about this addition to the downtown industry? I think it will prove to be an asset. A new hotel will equal more downtown visitors/tourists which in turn equals a benefit to the downtown economy. These visitors will do their shopping, eating, and exploring in the area close to where they’re staying. What’s your opinion? Leave us a comment! Happy Friday!
Source: The Pulse
Pensacola – A Great Place to Live
White sandy beaches, good food, a thriving downtown – these are just some of the features that make Pensacola great. But it’s not only our personal opinion that determines whether these features are great or not. Other companies and organizations have recognized Pensacola in the form of accolades and awards as a wonderful place to live and play. From our beaches to the National Naval Aviation Museum to West Florida Hospital, Pensacola has proven it has a lot to offer.
Check out some of the accolades Pensacola has won just this year:
- Trip Advisor – Top Ten Beaches in the US, #7 Best Beach in the World
- Truvin Health Analytics | IBM Watson Health – Top 100 hospital (West Florida)
- Luxury Travel Guide – The Wildlife Destination of 2017 (Perdido Key)
- CNN Travel – Top 12 Military Museums to Visit in the World (NNAM)
- Thrillist – #2 Most Affordable Beach Town
We may not have needed affirmation to convince us Pensacola is a great city with a lot to offer, but it’s always an honor to see Pensacola recognized! I’m personally intrigued by the “#2 Most Affordable Beach Town” award. Beach house, anyone? I know a great Realtor!
What do you love most about Pensacola? Let us know via comment! Happy Friday!
For the complete list of awards, check out the link below:
Source: Award-Winning Pensacola
A Pensacola Landmark
Pensacola’s historic lighthouse has been in existence since 1859. Well, actually, there was another lighthouse that was first lit in 1824. So then why does the sign say it was established in 1859 if there has been a lighthouse in Pensacola since 1824? That’s because there were two lighthouses built. The one that we see and can tour today is the latter one. Take a look at the timeline to see the changes:
- 1823 – The idea of building a lighthouse was brought forward for consideration.
- 1824 – Construction was completed and the first keeper, Jeremiah Ingraham, was stationed.
- 1850 – Grievances arose stating that the lighthouse was not adequately lit.
- 1856 – A different location was chosen for a new lighthouse and construction began.
- 1858 – Construction of the improved 159-foot lighthouse was completed.
- 1859 – On New Years day, the light was lit in the new lighthouse.
Today, tourists and locals can still visit the historic 1859 lighthouse, walk up its 177 steps, and look out over the Gulf of Mexico. If you haven’t seen the lighthouse yet or are planning to visit, this Saturday would be the perfect time to go! Saturday, December 2nd is the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum’s Christmas Gala. From 2 – 5 P.M., enjoy free admission, refreshments, Christmas decorations, and more! Santa will even be there for the kids!
Have you been to the lighthouse yet? Did you climb all 177 steps? If you go this Saturday, let us know how it was! We’ll be getting our Christmas tree, otherwise; we’d go too.
Thanksgiving – An American Tradition
Turkey, pumpkin pie, football – for many Americans that just about sums up Thanksgiving. It is the one day each November we set aside to gather with loved ones, reflect on all the blessings in our lives, and eat one slice too many of our favorite pie. But the original Thanksgiving was much different. We all know that it began with the Pilgrims after they sailed on the Mayflower from England to the New World, yet how did it become what it is today?
Since many of those that sailed on the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, had strong religious beliefs, a day to give thanks was typically a solemn event. Such a day would be set aside for fasting, prayer, and reflection on the goodness of God. Pilgrims, Puritans, and Native Americans alike each had their own versions of Thanksgiving before it ever became a national holiday.
As far as how we celebrate Thanksgiving today, below is a progressive timeline of the holiday:
- 1621 – What we consider the first Thanksgiving was held as three days of feasting between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.
- 1777 – The first national Thanksgiving was declared by the Continental Congress.
- 1827 – While each Thanksgiving day was traditionally declared by a President, Sarah Josepha Hale (editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book) lobbied to have it made a national holiday.
- 1863 – Hale’s efforts proved successful when President Lincoln initiated two days of thanks – one in August and another in November.
- 1939 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt finally established Thanksgiving as an annual, nationally-recognized holiday. He scheduled the date for the second-to-last Thursday in November.
- 1941 – Congress pushed the Thanksgiving date to the fourth Thursday in November.
Keeping Up with Tradition
Thanksgiving has come a long way over the centuries. Some years it was celebrated, and some years it was not. Although much of Thanksgiving has changed from the date to the customs, the heart of the holiday has remained the same: reflection and gratitude. This year, don’t stress so much over whether or not you’ll get that Black Friday deal, or if you burned the sweet potato casserole. Be sure to let the people in your life know how much they mean to you and reflect on all the ways God has blessed you. We have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!
Check out this link for an additional 15 Thanksgiving fun facts! Number 9 explains a lot about holiday traffic…*ick*
Sources: Plimouth.org , HuffingtonPost.com
Pensacola – The City of Five Flags
Welcome to Fun Fact Friday! I wanted to start something enjoyable and interesting, hence; Fun Fact Friday. Plus, you can’t beat the alliteration, am I right? The purpose of Fun Fact Friday is to give you something to look forward to at the end of the work week – Yay, the weekend! – and to interest you with tidbits of trivial information that you may not have otherwise known. Who knows? Maybe the next time you play Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy the things you’ve read from Fun Fact Friday will prove helpful!
The intent is that the topics covered each Friday will be a range of local (Pensacola) history, national/global history, current events, and whatever I come across that I think others might find interesting. So for the first Fun Fact Friday, because the Mahoney Team is located in Pensacola, I wanted to take a look into Pensacola’s own history.
Pensacola has an extensive history going back over 450 years. During the course of this history, Pensacola has come under leaderships from various governments. It is because of these transitions of power that Pensacola has come to be known as the City of Five Flags. This nickname depicts the banners of those governments that have flown over Pensacola – Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy, and the United States. Their respective rules are as follows:
- Spain: 1559 (founding), 1698-1719, 1723-1763, 1781-1821
- France: 1719-1722
- Britain: 1763-1781
- The Confederacy (Civil War): 1861-1862
- United States: 1821-1861, 1865-present
Pensacola’s unique culture exists largely because of these main five governmental controls. This City of Five Flags radiates character and charm from its Spanish architecture to its Civil War-era forts. Is your city a melting pot like Pensacola? Tell us what you love most about where you’re from!
Source: Pensapedia: City of Five Flags
Things you may not have known
In addition to these five facts about Pensacola’s history, did you know that Pensacola is older than St. Augustine, the United States’s first, continuously occupied European settlement? Pensacola was founded in 1559, whereas; St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Pensacola is the original first European settlement in the U.S. by a whole 6 years (although not continuously occupied during that time)! Check out these other cool facts about Pensacola!
5 Historical Facts You Didn’t Know About Pensacola
Original article here: The Pulse – 5 Historical Facts You Didn’t Know About Pensacola
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