Hyer-Knowles Planing Mill

Hyer-Knowles Planing Mill (HM1DCZ)

Location: Pensacola, FL 32504 Escambia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 28.831', W 87° 9.754'

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The Chimney is the only trace of what once was the first major industrial belt on the Gulf Coast, a string of antebellum wood mills and brick factories. The chimney represents the lumber industry of the Florida Panhandle. As the lumber industry prospered in the 1850s, local mills employed 600 people and produced almost 55 million feet of lumber. The bricks in the base of the chimney bear the mark of "J. Gonzalez", showing that they were produced at the local brick plant of James Gonzalez. The chimney was part of the steam power plant for the Hyers-Knowles Mill. In March 1862, General Braxton Bragg was evacuating the Confederate forces holding Pensacola when Confederate Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin gave the order to "Destroy all machinery private and public, which could be useful to the enemy; especially disable the sawmills in and around the Bay." The machinery from the mills was loaded onto barges which were moved into Escambia Bay. On March 10th a thunderstorm and large waves sank the barges. That same night the Hyer-Knowles Mill was burned, and all that is left is the chimney.
Marker NumberF-412
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe City of Pensacola & the Florida Department of State
Marker Condition
9 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 484396 N 3372043
Decimal Degrees30.48051667, -87.16256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 28.831', W 87° 9.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 28' 49.86" N, 87° 9' 45.24" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5500 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola FL 32504, US
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The chimney looked good. There are some weeds/ vines growing up through it. There is a bit of an ant problem in the grass. See video.


Jul 27, 2016 at 12:23pm PDT by coffeemompcola

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