Pensacola Trivia 101
Pensacola is the westernmost city in Florida. It's also known as the City of Five Flags. But dig a little deeper, and you'll find Pensacola is fascinating with several unique features and a curious history. The city is also home to Inspire Pensacola — a community of luxury apartments located in one of Pensacola's up-and-coming areas. Explore some local trivia to get acquainted with this unique locale.
Land of the Hairy People
The name Pensacola comes from a Native American term, Panzacola. It was given to Spanish settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries and loosely translates to the land of the hairy people.
Home of the Blue Angels
Since 1955, Sherman's Field in Pensacola has been home to the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration team. As the Blue Angel's hometown. Pensacola has the honor of being the only city in the United States to host two Blue Angel shows each year: the Pensacola Beach Air Show in July and the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November.
World's Largest Artificial Reef
The world's largest artificial reef is located 28 miles south of Pensacola. The 872-foot-aircraft carrier, the USS Oriskany, was sunk there in 2006 when it was decommissioned. It's considered one of the best dives in the world. However, it's a deep-sea dive and requires diver certification.
The Annual Mullet Toss
Pensacola hosts an annual mullet-throwing contest. A cow-chip tossing contest in Oklahoma inspired musician Jimmy Louis, so he decided to run a similar event in Pensacola. With no cow chips available, the mullet — a bony fish — was used as a replacement. This gave birth to the Flora-Bama Interstate Mullet Toss.
Geronimo Lived in Pensacola
Fort Pickens was home to Geronimo, the great Apache leader, after he was captured in 1886. Locals and visitors could pay 50-cents for admission into the Fort to see the leader and his warriors in captivity.
Home of the Bushwhacker
The former owner of the Sandshaker Lounge, Linda Murphy, was inspired by this creamy chocolate frozen drink. She brought it back from the Caribbean in 1977 and introduced it to Pensacola. It's now a Pensacola staple with different flavors developed over time.
Pensacola is so much more than the most western state in Florida. It has an interesting and at times chequered past. If you want to learn more about the area or think you might like to live here, Inspire Pensacola has a range of apartments for rent.
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