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    harrison street

    by doug48 Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    harrison street is located in the heart of panama city. this historic street has a number of stores, restaurants, and a couple of bars. most of the historic attractions of panama city is with in walking distance of harrison street. harrison street is worth a stroll when in downtown panama city.

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    Harrison Street

    by Basaic Written Jan 12, 2014

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    Panama City has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Panama City has seven locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Harrison Street is one of the main streets in the historic district and has a number of restaurants, shops, and some nice antique shops.

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    Veterans Memorials

    by Basaic Written Jan 12, 2014

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    On the courthouse grounds, there are a couple of memorials honoring the men and women who have served in the nation's military especially those who have paid the ultimate price. I think it is important to remember the contributions our veterans have made to our freedom and our way of life.

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    R. L. McKenzie House

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    This interesting Dutch Colonial style house was completed in 1909 for Belle Booth who married Robert L. McKenzie in 1912. The house was thereafter known as the McKenzie House. McKenzie was joint owner of a Naval Stores Company and organizer of the Gulf Coast Development Company which purchased land for the development of the city and the building of a railroad depot. The town was meant to be the link between Atlanta, Georgia and the Panama Canal, hence the town's name. McKenzie served as mayor of Panama City and two terms in the state legislature. He was instrumental in the building of the highway from Panama City to Pensacola, and the opening of the western end of the Intercoastal Waterway. He also served on the Bay County Chapter of the Red Cross and the Selective Services Board. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park across from the home has also been renamed to honor McKenzie.

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    St Andrew Skirmish

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    Near this spot in St Andrew there was a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops in on 20 March 1863. An 11 man scouting party of Union sailors landed while attempting to locate a southern civilian vessel. They were repelled by troops under Captain William J. Robinson. Six Union sailors were killed and three wounded.

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    bay county courthouse

    by doug48 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    this historic courthouse was built in 1915 in the classical revival style. it is nationally famous for the trial of clarence gideon. gideon was tried for theft but was not offered a court appointed legal representation. this prompted the united states supreme court in the case of gideon vs. wainwright to mandate court appointed attorneys to provide legal representation for the poor in the united states. for those interested in architecture and history the courthouse is worth a look when in downtown panama city.

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    McKenzie house

    by doug48 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    this 1908 dutch colonial house was one of the first structures in panama city. robert lee McKenzie was a real estate developer and the first mayor of panama city. McKenzie was the founder of the gulf coast development company and was instrumental in bringing a railroad to panama city in 1906. the town was named panama city because the railroad would connect "the city of atlanta with the panama canal". McKenzie was a florida legislator from 1909 to 1913 and helped form bay county. a very interesting house to visit when in downtown panama city.

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    panama city beach

    by doug48 Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    the vast majority of visitors to panama city come for it's beautiful gulf beach. panama city beach is highly developed with high rise condos and hotels lining the beach. panama city beach is nicknamed the "redneck rivera" do to the fact that many of it's visitors come from nearby alabama and georgia. panama city beach is famous for being a party town and is home to college spring break. panama city beach offers numerous high rise hotels, restaurants, and bars. panama city beach is a fun place to visit in northwest florida. for more information see my panama city beach pages.

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    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

    by Madasabull Updated Jan 26, 2014

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    This was a nice surprise as we drove into Panama City Beach, Florida. Sure, we had seen some of the shows on TV, but never really thought much of the shows, but it was still great to see the upside down Wonder Works Building and the ship.

    To be honest, other than killing a couple of hours, it wasn't all that, and I don't think it would deserve a trip out to see this place only. Panama City is a beautiful place, with great coastline, and this just adds a little something extra, not much, but something.

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    Panama City Marina

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    At the end of historic Harrison Street is the 240-slip Panama City Marina. There is a store here for your sailing, fishing and souvenir needs and a very nice memorial to those who died on September 11th.

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    St Andrew Marina/Betsy Ann Riverboat

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    In the historic St Andrew section you will find an historic marina and the unique opportunity to ride a sternwheel paddleboat, the Betsy Ann. Great for weddings, birthdays, reunions or any group occasions. The crew dresses up in costumes to add to the fun and the views are beautiful.

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    Panama City and Bay County

    by Basaic Written Jan 11, 2014

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    Panama City is a small city of about 36,000 (down 1% since 2000) located at the intersection of US Highways 98 and 231 in the panhandle of Florida. Panama City is about 50 miles south of Interstate 10 on the Gulf of Mexico. The area was settled in the 1830s but the downtown area of Panama City was not started until 1883, as "Floriopolis" or "Park Resort". The first settlers here included Samuel Erwin and Green Thompson. The first post office was opened in 1889 and the town became known as "Harrison". Then in 1906 the town was renamed "Panama City" under developer G. M. West. The Atlanta & St Andrew Railroad came in 1908 and the town started to grow rapidly. In 1913 Bay County was established and Panama City was made the county seat. The Bay County Courthouse was built in 1914 using the Classic Revival style of architecture. It was gutted by a fire in 1920 but was immediately rebuilt.

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    The Gideon Case

    by Basaic Written Jan 12, 2014

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    In 1961, Clarence Earl Gideon was put on trial at the Bay County Courthouse for Burglary and he requested a free lawyer because he could not afford one. His request was denied because at that time free lawyers were provided only to those accused of a capitol-felony. Gideon represented himself, lost, and received a 5 year sentence. While in jail he petitioned the Supreme Court to review his case. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor and the Public Defender system was born. An historical plaque about this case is located by the Bay County Courthouse.

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    Martin Theater

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    The Martin Theater was built in November 1936 as the "Ritz". It went through various changes and closures before it was opened again in November 1990 as a venue for comedy shows, musicals, and theater plays. The theater located at the corner of 4th and Harrison is a cornerstone of the historic district.

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    Visual Arts Center

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2014

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    The Visual Arts Center is the location of a high quality art museum with extensive displays of art from local and world-known artists. They also offer classes to adults and kids. The museum is located in an historic building that used to house the Panama City City Hall and the old jail. Nice mural on one of the buildings. Hours are 10 AM to 8 PM Tuesday and Thursday and 10 AM to 6 PM Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

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