Panama City Beach: Tales from the World's Most Beautiful Beaches

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In a collection of nostalgic and lighthearted vignettes, local author Jeannie Weller Cooper recounts the history of Panama City Beach, the barrier islands and beach for old Panama City. First inhabited by Native Americans in the years before the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Panama City Beach has always proved a good hideout for fugitives, from Native Americans fleeing from European invaders to runaway slaves, Civil War soldiers, outlaws and rumrunners. In 1929, the first Hathaway Bridge was completed; connecting Greater Panama City to the beach, but the lagoon and the beach remained a sleepy curiosity until the bombing of Pearl Harbor mobilized the United States to war. Now Panama City Beach is home to thousands of residents, as well as being a renowned tourist destination.
ISBN: 9781609491413
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 59
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jeannie Weller Cooper was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She was educated in Fayetteville and Statesboro. She moved with her family to Panama City, Florida, in 1999 and has enjoyed participating in environmental and educational groups, including the Historical Society of Bay County. Cooper produces multimedia educational programs for schools and civic groups and has written weekly columns for online journals, print magazines, radio and newspaper. Panama City's Historic Neighborhoods: The Cove (Arcadia Publishing) was published in 2002. She has two daughters, one cat and a snail and lives on the blissful haven of Grand Lagoon.
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