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i20 QUAINT RAILROAD DEPOT TO BE PRESERVED By HAMPTON DUNN PENSACOLA --The odd looking structure that catches the eyes of visitors to the Pensacola waterfront is the old Louisville and Nashville freight office. The building is in fair condition and the Pens acola Historical Preservation and Restor ation Commission is investigating the possibility of restoring and using it as a marine museum. It is owned by the City of Pensacola but its fate will largely de pend on the Pensacola Port Authority which is develop ing the port. The L. & N. depot on Commendencia Wharf on Pensacola Hay was built about 1891 at the climax of the Northwest Florida timber boom. Millions of feet of virgin, long leaf yellow pine lumber cut from nearby forests were shipped from Pensacola's busy port to the four corners of the globe in the 1880s and 90s. The lumber was loaded on four masted schooners which packed the harbor year round. The building is designed in the Swiss architecture adapted by many American railroads in the last half of t he 19th Century. It is built of virgin yellow pine and locally made brick and was in use until a few years ago. Ironically, nowadays ships from Central America unload mahogany logs by it which are rafted and pushed down the bay to the worlds largest produ cer of mahogany lumber.
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Quaint railroad depot to be preserved
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Louisville and Nashville freight office in Pensacola.
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company.
x Buildings and structures
Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.