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Downtown in a Hurricane …

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This is looking west at the intersection of Garden Street and Palafox Street.  You see the Blount Building on the left side of the photo and the corner of the San Carlos is on the right side.  Next to the Blount Building is Marston – Quina Furniture store.  The showrooms were on different floors and you would ride the freight elevator to get to each floor.  It was a real highlight for a ten year old kid … our cousins the St. Johns owned the business, so when I went with dad ( or mother ) to visit them, I got to ride the elevator up and sown for what seemed like hours … the high-light of my day!   I do not know what hurricane this was when my father made this photo, but I have posted one other one looking down Palafox Street during this same storm.  Not sure of the year, but I am sure it was the mid 1950’s.  Thanks for looking …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

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  1. I looked at the historical hurricane records on the Unisys Weather website, and I found several 1950s storms that hit or came close to Pensacola. Here’s the basic info:

    1950 … H. Baker … Landfall near Mobile Bay;
    1953 … H. Florence … Skirted coast south of Pensacola, landfall near Panama City;
    1955 … T.S. 5 … Turned west just south of Pensacola;
    1956 … H. Flossy … Crossed east just south of Pensacola, landfall near Panama City;
    1957 … T.S. Debbie … Landfall near Walton or Bay County;
    1959 … T.S. Irene … Landfall at state line / Perdido Bay.

    I’m guessing at landfall, because the maps are kind of small. If you want to get a closer look, here’s the link to the main page:



    August 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    • Thanks for the link and the chart … I am not sure of the exact year, so this is helpful. Most of the bad weather looked like very heavy rain in the photo, nothing looks like was being blown away. However, I would just guess that the hurricanes in the later part of the list might be the one in the photo. Thanks for sharing that with us … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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