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Here at The Pulse, we’ve spent some time digging through the photo archives to find and share some of the best historical images of America’s first settlement. Unfortunately, there weren’t any cameras around when Tristan de Luna first settled Pensacola in 1559, but we’ve uncovered some great images from the city’s past. Many of these photographs date back to the early 20th century, when Pensacola was a bustling port city at the peak of its lumber boom. Take a trip back in time with us and experience what Pensacola was like a century ago.

1. Crabbing, Bayou Texar, 1930s

Title:CRABBING, PENSACOLA, FLA.Date:Circa 1930sDescription:Pensacola, Florida. Young woman photographing a young boy holding a crab in a bayou. Charles T. Cottrell-Photographer.Phys. Desc:Scan of glass plate negative, 8x10. Charles T. Cottrell, Photographer. #375 of the Cottrell/Pfeiffer Collection.ID:M2007-04 375Repository:UWF University Archives and West Florida History CenterFound in: Cottrell Photograph CollectionAdd to your cart.Contributor:Philip A. Pfeiffer, 2013 Cataloged by, Brooke Bowers, January, 2015Rights:Photographs and images may not be sold, marketed, or used for commercial applications without express permission from the University of West Florida. Photographs and images may be used by researchers provided credit is given to the University Archives and West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries, Pensacola.

Young woman photographing a young boy holding a crab in a bayou. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

2. Ford Model T, 1925

Ford Model T, Pensacola, 1925 (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

3. The Bruce steamship, Pensacola Bay Wharf, 1930

Title:BOAT, PENSACOLA, FLA.Date:1930Description:Boat, Bruce, rear paddle wheeler loading railroad ties, Pensacola Bay Wharf, 1930, Charles T. Cottrell-Photographer.Phys. Desc:Scan of glass plate negative, 8x10. Charles T. Cottrell, Photographer. #022 of the Cottrell/Pfeiffer Collection.ID:M2007-04--022Repository:UWF University Archives and West Florida History CenterFound in: Cottrell Photograph CollectionAdd to your cart.Contributor:Philip A. Pfeiffer, 2013 Cataloged by, Brooke Bowers, April 2014Rights:Photographs and images may be used by researchers provided credit is given to the University Archives and West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries, Pensacola. Photographs and images may not be sold, marketed, or used for commercial applications without express permission from the University of West Florida.

Boat, Bruce, rear paddle wheeler loading railroad ties, Pensacola Bay Wharf, 1930. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

4. Corner Grocery Store, 1930

Corner Grocery Store, Brick street, Pensacola, Florida. 1930. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

5. Speedboat “Autogo”, Pensacola Bay, c. 1930

Inboard speedboat in Pensacola Bay with sailing ships in the background at the Frisco Marine Terminal. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

6. Unloading bananas off steamship Stavangeren, c. 1930

Steamship Stavangeren, Pensacola, Florida. Tied up at Louisville and Nashville dock on Pensacola Bay, with a load of bananas. Circa 1930. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

7. Fire Station No. 3 and wagon No. 2, 1919

Captains Matthew and Bicker: Firemen-Whalen, Graham O’Connor and Davis with team of horses and hose Wagon #2 in front of firehouse in November 1919. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

8. Inspecting hurricane damage at Palafox Wharf, 1926

Sailors inspecting hurricane damage in Pensacola in 1926 at Palafox Wharf. (Dorothy Burrow /UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

9. Motor Inn, 500 West Jackson St. near Belmont-Devilliers, 1930s

Motor Inn, 500 West Jackson Street, 1930s. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

10. Gentleman on Palafox, 1910

Pensacola, Florida. Street scene looking northeast, gentleman walking across street. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

11. Donkey & Wagon, 1940

Donkey and wagon advertising Plaza Bar, 106 East Government Street, City Hall, cannon, and Abona Saloon in background. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

12. Quina’s Apothecary, Alcaniz St.

Quina’s Apothecary, Alcaniz Street. (UWF/Special to The Pulse)

13. Lee Square, 1900s

Lee Square, view of monument, stacked cannon balls, cannon, Pensacola High School Building. (Charles T. Cottrell/UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center/Special to The Pulse)

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