The Hyer-Knowles Mill had loading docks on both the old carriage road (now Scenic Highway), which connected to the north-south Spanish Trail and on Escambia Bay to the east. The chimney is now the only trace of what was the first major industrial belt on the Gulf Coast- –string antebellum wood mills, paper processing plants and brick factories. In fact, the bricks in the base of the chimney bear the mark “J Gonzalez,” showing they were produced at the local brick plant of James Gonzalez north of the site.
One of the oldest structures in Pensacola. Used to be part of a lumber mill. Destroyed by the Confederates in the Civil war so as to keep it from the Yanks.
And the bricks were made by slaves. Given today’s climate, I’m surprised some don’t go and try to topple it.
It is located on a portion of Highway 90 that is Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Florida. The highway is the first Florida State “Scenic Highway” designated on April 13, 1998 as Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway.
On March 10, 2009 an application was submitted to the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources for the consideration of the placement of Old Chimney Park on the National Register of Historic Places. On May 24, 2012 the Scenic Highway Foundation received the notification that the site had been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.