The yellow pine was the backbone of the economy of the Pensacola region and the source of several individual fortunes during the decades of this article. As early as 1826 E. E. Simpson had constructed a water-mill at Woodbine to carry out his contract to furnish lumber for certain buildings at the Pensacola Navy Yard then under construction. In 1841 John Hunt built the first steam sawmill. Though both of these were in what is now Santa Rosa County, that area was Escambia County then, and Pensacola was headquarters and received the stimulus and financial benefit from their operations.
"Pensacola in Retrospect: 1870-1890,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 37:
3, Article 12.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol37/iss3/12