Arcadia water-powered mills was key in early Pensacola development

Editor’s note: This is the 22nd of a series of stories that will be featured in the Pensacola News Journal each week leading up to the 200th anniversary of Escambia County. Look for these stories each Monday in print. 

In 1939, the year that World War II began, a local firm ended its business that began in the Second Spanish period. Water-powered industries are deeply embedded in the cultural heritage of West Florida, a region with a surprisingly lengthy history of water power. Water-powered mills were abundant across the West Florida landscape and were fundamental in the development of this area. These industries provided necessities such as food produced by gristmills, lumber for houses and products for export. Both British and Second Spanish mills dotted the landscape, consisting mainly of water-powered sawmills.

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