18 Facts About Pensacola


Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle, and the county seat and only incorporated city of Escambia County, Florida, United States.

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Pensacola is a seaport on Pensacola Bay, which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Pensacola people lived there at the time of European contact, and Creek people frequently visited and traded from present-day southern Alabama and Mississippi and southeast of Louisiana.

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Pensacola received only a glancing blow from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, resulting in light to moderate damage reported in the area.

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Pensacola was on the eastern side of the eyewall, which sent a large storm surge into Escambia Bay; this destroyed most of the I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge.

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Apart from the Reform Beth-El, Pensacola is served by the Conservative B'nai Israel Synagogue.

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Naval Air Station Pensacola was the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U S Navy in 1914.

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CWO3 Gary R Schuetz Memorial Health Clinic is at Corry Station, Naval Hospital Pensacola, as is the main Navy Exchange and Defense Commissary Agency commissary complex for both Corry Station and NAS Pensacola.

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Pensacola is home to a number of annual festivals, events, historic tours, and landmarks.

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City of Pensacola utilizes a strong mayor-council form of government, which was adopted in 2011 after citizens voted in 2009 to approve a new city charter.

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The Pensacola area has not supported a Democrat for president since John F Kennedy in 1960.

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Pensacola is currently represented in the U S House of Representatives by Matt Gaetz, in the state senate by Doug Broxson, and in the state house by District 2 representative Alex Andrade .

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Public primary and secondary schools in Pensacola are administered by the Escambia County School District.

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Pensacola was first connected by rail with Montgomery, Alabama, via the Alabama and Florida Railroad, completed in 1861 just before the start of the Civil War.

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The line to Pensacola was not rebuilt until 1868, and was acquired by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1880.

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From early 1993 through August 2005 Pensacola was served by the tri-weekly Amtrak Sunset Limited, but service east of New Orleans to Jacksonville and Orlando was suspended due to damage to the rail line of CSX during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Pensacola has a ferry service owned by the National Park Service.

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Hospitals in Pensacola include Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, HCA Florida West Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital, and West Florida Hospital.

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