|PLAN YOUR TRIP||HISTORY OF PENSACOLA BEACH|
Isle de St. Rose
The first out-of-town visitor to Isle de St. Rose was Don Tristan de Luna. In the summer of 1559, he sailed up the Gulf from Mexico, his 11 ships loaded with gear and food for survival. The adventurous Spaniard, within three years, was forced to abandon camp.
The locals (at that time, the Ochuse, later the Panzacola) were leery of the new arrivals and therefore didn't trade with them or teach them survival skills, so de Luna and his band failed to utilize the abundant food supply that the natives thrived on.
The Fort was completed in 1834 and used until WWII, when modern weapons made traditional coastal defense obsolete. Fort Pickens has changed over the years, so take the self-guided tour and peel back the layers of history. You'll see the plaster-lined rooms that were intended as officers' quarters, and later used to house Apache prisoners. The most famous resident, Geronimo, lived in identical rooms along the south wall, which have since collapsed.
Passenger Ferry Service to Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens and the western tip of Santa Rosa Island's Gulf Islands National Seashore is now accessible by private passenger ferry service. The boat departs from Pensacola Beach, and passengers can be dropped off at one of two identified locations: at the dock near the Ranger Station or on the beach near the fishing pier. Please contact Chulamar Charters, Captain "Bubba" Thorsen, 850-492-1099 for information and reservations.
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