The 1950's in Bay County, Florida

Above: The 'Hang Out' at Long Beach resort in Panama City Beach was a popular place for the young crowd each summer for many years. Charlotte Dunn from Albany, Georgia, is seen dancing on the right, circa 1950.
Courtesy Bay County Library Local History Room/#46.1.4

For all the seriousness of the 1940's the '50s brought a breath of fresh air back. the war over, focus turned to softer matters, like Swedette, the first soft ice-cream parlor here that opened at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Beach Drive.

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Above: Swedette, the first soft ice-cream parlor in the area, was at the corner of Magnolia and Sixth Street, circa 1950. Courtesy Janet McCall Gonazalez

Anderson Service Station owned by Willie Anderson thrived at 12th Street and Cove Boulevard and a name still familiar to many, "The Hangout," became more popular than ever at Long Beach Resort.
Sewer lines were laid along East Beach Drive as the growth continued, putt-putt (or carpet golf as it was called) gained popularity here, and the area continued to progress with tits first African-American police officers: Joe Lee of Bay County Sheriff's Office and J.C. Wilson of the Panama City Police Department.
Beaches began to become more crowded with tourists as that industry stretched its wings to try to match what the military and traditional industry were doing for the economy here. 
Thomas Drive was built, charter fishing with names like "Raffield" leading the way staked out a spot in the economy and Parker became home of Florida's first Major League in 1955.

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Right: Tom Needham and 'Wrinkles' displaying a Manta Ray they caught, Panama City, 1950's. Courtesy Bay County Library Local History Room/#D-5394
Left: Roy Martin boarding an Eastern Airlines plane with the biggest fish (142-pound Tarpon), caught during OWA Convention in Panama City, 1958.Courtesy Bay County Library Local History Room/#D-5116

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Above: A view of Long Beach, Panama City, 1950s. Courtesy Ric and Lee Ellis
Source: "Celebrating Bay's Beginnings; A Pictorial Retrospective of Bay County, Florida: 1900's - 2000's" 
ISBN-13: 978-1-59725-393-2
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