These images, from the collection of the Santa Rosa Historical Society and University of West Florida, show scenes of everyday life in the historic lumber town of Milton, Fla. a century ago.
In some ways, they document the end of an era. The photographs show the old railroad depot for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad which has long since ceased operations and the railroad trestle bridge spanning the Blackwater River that was once a workhorse for lumber transport in the region. They also show the buildings and storefronts that lined the blocks from Willing Street to Canal Street, many of which have long since closed or burned down.
Willing Street, c. 1921
Looking north on Willing Street, c. 1921
First National Bank Building, 1913
Milton Drug Store ca. 1913
View of the Milton Drug Store, circa 1913. James Hampton Stewart, owner; Dr. A. C. Carter standing in front of him. Note absence of bridge to left of McGraw Shoe Repair store (old custom house, oldest Milton business building). This may be after the 1916 storm (hurricane) when bridge was destroyed.
Parlor Market, c. 1905-1910
Photograph of Parlor Market, southeast corner of Oak and Willing Streets, Milton, Florida. Undated, circa 1905-1910.
Willing Street, c. 1907
View of Willing Street in downtown Milton, taken February 22, 1907.
Railroad Bridge Over the Blackwater River, Milton, Florida
View of family at railroad bridge, Blackwater River, Milton, Florida.
Milton L&N Railroad Depot
View of the destroyed railroad bridge at Milton, Florida over the Blackwater River, after the 1916 hurricane. On right is the old customs house, now a shoe repair business.
Santa Rosa County Courthouse, Milton, 1913
Postcard, “County Court House, Milton Fla.,” mailed March 20, 1913 to Esther Axelson, 318 Florida Blanca St., Pensacola, Florida, from Milton, Florida. Postcard shows Santa Rosa County Courthouse building in Milton, Florida
Mardi Gras (or Independence Day) in Milton, 1910
Unidentified photograph of decorated car in Milton, Florida, but event may be Mardi Gras (or perhaps Fourth of July). Undated, circa 1910.