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Pensacola Regional Airport Runway Construction …

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Back before the Pensacola International Airport became ” International “, it was called the Pensacola Regional Airport.  Sometime in the 1950’s, the airport runways were resurfaced and extended.  This series of images shows the construction resurfacing process … I wish I new more about them, but I do not.  I know that there is a lot more to it than just mixing up a batch of concrete and making sure that it is level.  The strength of the concrete is determined by the ratio of sand to rocks and water, the amount of cement mix is a big factor and I am sure there are many other things that I have not mentioned, since I am not an engineer or claim to be.  I always enjoyed this type of photographic work, since it was something that I knew nothing about but was interested in how things work.  Hey, that could be the title of a tv show explaining how things are built and constructed … I might be on to something!  Most all of the images are pretty self-explanatory, so I am going to dispense with the running commentary and stupid comments.  Here we go:

 

Airport Noonan Const 4  _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 15 _ RTP _ SFW

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Airport Noonan Const 5  _ RTP _SFW

Airport Noona Const 8 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport  Noonan Const 12 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 7 _ RTP  _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  10 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 14 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const 18  _  RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  6 _ RTP _ SFW

Airport Noonan Const  _ RTP _ SFW

Mr Noonan _RTP _ SFW

The last two images maybe should have been shown earlier in the process, but it is what it is.  The images of them unloading the equipment off of the barges was no where near where the airport runway is located, so my only guess that either they were taken at the Port of Pensacola or somewhere else in Pensacola Bay.  But as usual, I do not know.  If you look close in some of the photos you see the airport tower and the airport itself way in the background.  I wish that I had some other photos of the airport itself, but I have pretty much posted everything that I have found taken at the airport.  If any of you have anything of the Pensacola Airport from back in the 1950’s and 60’s, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and please check back and don’t forget that I have my personal blog that you can get to by clicking on a link on the right side of the screen.  Wishing everyone a happy New Year … Frank

Cordova Park 1959 …

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Back of House in Cordova Park_RTP _SFW

Here are some more panorama prints that I have stumbled across recently.   I believe this is the house that was next to our house at 3715 Dunwoody Drive.  If you look real close, you will see a boy standing on the back porch … that was me.  I was 5 at the time this photo was taken.  Our house was built next door to the left of this house.  Dunwoody at this point was still a dirt road.  The next photo shows Gerhardt Drive, one block to the north of this photo … it was paved.  Here is a photo showing Mr. Lautner in front of a home he had built on Gerhardt …

Mr Lautner in Front of House  _ RTP   SFW

Mr. Lautner was the man who built my parent’s house on Dunwoody.  Gerhardt is one block off of Bayou Blvd and was paved at this time … for some reason, I do not believed that Bayou Blvd was paved at the time this photo was taken.  You turned into Cordova Park off of 12th Avenue back in these days.  12th Avenue was paved and took you to the airport.  There was no Airport Blvd or PSC Blvd in 1959, so 12th Avenue became a dead-end at the National Guard Amory.  You turned right and you were in the airport parking lot.  Well, that is your Pensacola history lesson for the day … no quiz on this stuff, so don’t worry.  If anyone ever runs across any old photos of Cordova Park or of the Pensacola Airport from back in the late 1950’s or 1960’s, please let me know because I would love to see them.  Even old snapshots that someone in your family made … they do not have in great shape, just clear mostly.  Let me hear from you and thanks again for looking … Frank

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November 15, 2013 at 10:44 am

Dunwoody Drive in 1959 …

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I have the date as February 1959 on this photograph of Dunwoody Drive in Cordova Park.  Not much to look at back then, but dirt and scrub oaks and pine trees.  It is hard to remember back when it looked like this.  Thanks for looking …

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September 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Cordova Park Aerial …

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This aerial was made back in 1959 … the roads were still dirt at this time.  I identified Bayou Blvd and also Dunwoody Drive to help orient you.  The ” Round-House ” in the bottom of the frame is featured in a prior post where my father had used a Wide-Lux Panorama Camera.  This is a new photo that I ran across several months back and was not posted on the old site.  To the right of the lettering ” Bayou Blvd ” is where Trinity Presbyterian is located today.  Thanks for looking …

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August 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

The ” Round – House ” on Bayou Texar …

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This is another photograph my dad made with the panoramic camera he owned – The WideLux.  This house is still located on Bayou Texar, but I have no idea who lives in it today.  The Lautner family used to live here back in the 1950’s and 60’s.  Mr. Lautner was the builder of our house on Dunwoody Drive, which is just two blocks up from this house.  I found some other images my dad made with the WideLux from this boat trip that I will post later.  Note how there was a train track that would take their boat back and forth from Bayou Texar.  I can not remember if it was motorized or if there was a pulley system to take the boat back and forth to the ” Round – House “, but whatever there was it left an impression on me.  Thanks for looking …

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August 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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