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For more than a century, one of Pensacola’s premier public parks has delighted Pensacolians with its sprawling beauty along Bayou Texar.

When opened in the first decade of the 20th century, Bayview Park quickly became a haven for citizens eager to enjoy the city’s largest public space and waterfront. The Pulse recently uncovered and restored these vintage photos from the collections of the Pensacola Historical Society and the University of West Florida Historic Trust.

(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Listed for the first time in the 1907 Pensacola City Directory, Bayview Park is a local landmark with a rich history.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

When first opened, many visitors came by streetcar and some even by boat.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

As Americans’ love affair with the automobile grew, visitors also came by car to enjoy the 30-acre park.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Pensacola held its Independence Day celebration in Bayview Park in 1908.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

The celebration was lauded as “the most successful and largely attended civic enterprise ever given in Pensacola.”

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

In 1910, the first men and women’s bath house was constructed.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Swimming lessons, first aid classes, social service classes and health talks were all part of programs offered at Bayview.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

A 30 foot diving platform stood off the shore of the park in Bayou Texar.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

When opened in the East Hill neighborhood, the park was largely surrounded by wooded forests of pine trees.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Bayview has been historically known as Pensacola’s watering hole.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Boating, swimming, skiing and other water sports activities were popular on the bayou.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Other activities were popular at the park, including baseball…

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

…and even the sport of “Singlestick.”

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

In 1914, 8 seals were brought from Mexico and kept in a pool next to Bayou Texar where the public could watch them from a pavilion.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

Throughout its history Bayview Park has evolved over time and continues to be enjoyed by future generations of Pensacolians.

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(UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

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