Pensacola has been around for quite a while and is a well-known American city. There are some things I bet you never guessed about Pensacola, however. Just goes to show you that even the most seemingly familiar places and people can have surprises.
- One of the city’s nicknames is “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and another is “Western Gate to the Sunshine State.” And there are many more nicknames….
- Since Pensacola has been ruled by Spain, France, Britain, the Confederacy and the United States at times, it has earned the nickname of “City of Five Flags.”
- The city with some of the world’s whitest beaches is the site of The Vietnam Veteran’s Wall South. Patriotism runs deep in the Panhandle.
- P-Cola had its most recent snow on February 12, 2010. Even Florida is cold once in a while.
- The first woman to perform rabbinical services in the United States, Paula Ackerman, was a native of Pensacola native. Woman Power!
- The tallest building in P-Cola is the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel, which stands 146 feet tall with 15 floors. Sometimes not-so-tall is best!
- World sister cities to Pensacola are Chimbote, Peru and Escazu, Costa Rica and Gero, Japan. Relatives all over the world!
- Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, was born in Pensacola. Rock on!
- The first Roman Catholic mass to be held in the United States was held at Pensacola Beach in August of 1559. Religion runs deep in the waters of P-Cola.
- Pensacola was original the capital of Florida! Take that Tallahassee!
- The US military scuttled a battleship in Pensacola Bay. It’s now listed as an underwater preserve and is a very popular dive site. The name of the battleship was the USS Massachusetts. A long way from its native state up north!
- The westernmost Florida Key is in Pensacola. Perdido Key is a lovely island with resorts and all sorts of outdoor activities.
- Pensacola was named after the “Panzacola” tribe that existed near the bay when the Spanish arrived to the area in the 16th century.
- Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen Mallory, was from Pensacola and is buried in the historic Saint Michael’s Cemetery.
Want to hear a weird story about Pensacola? Seems that this city of sun and sand has a few ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Rosie O’Grady’s in the Seville Quarter of Pensacola claims to have a ghost named Wesley on staff. A customer who loved eating there so much that he became a bartender at the restaurant, he died suddenly on the front stoop of the building — and his spirit has haunted the place ever since. Another ghost who haunts the Seville Quarter area is that of Sarah Wharton, who was murdered during a pirate raid in the early 1800’s. After being captured by a cruel pirate who was enticed by her beauty, Sarah fought back and gouged out one of the pirate’s eyes with her large diamond ring. The pirate was so angry that he cut off Sarah’s head with his cutlass. Many visitors report seeing a ghostly Victorian lady who fits the description of Sarah Wharton. Watch your back when you are in Pensacola. There may be a headless ghost behind you!
A few more fun facts about Pensacola, the city of pirates and rum. Make sure to spend time in Pensacola and find out some fun facts for yourself.
- Pensacola has ranked first for inexpensive natural waterfront in several real estate rankings.
- Pensacola has ranked as fourth of 151 cities in the USA for best cities for retirees according to “Retirement Places Rated” by David Savageau.
- According to the law, all public building in Pensacola must open outwards.
- According to the law, it’s illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit in Pensacola.
- According to the law, Pensacola citizens must not downtown without at least 10 dollars on their person.
- In Pensacola, women can be fined after death if she is electrocuted in a bathtub due to using self-beautification machines.
- In Pensacola, it’s illegal to roll a barrel on any street, and the more that the barrels contain, the higher the fine.
- According to the law, having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.
- According to the law, women may be fined if they fall asleep under a hair dryer in a salon.