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  • Stop 14 - Pensacola Avenue

    Pensacola Avenue, a once-toured passage off the main trail, lies 253 feet beneath you on the Historic Tour route. A 1940s tourist guidebook says:

    "The dry and sandy floor elicited the naming of this avenue after that pleasant city in Florida."

    The earliest record of the name Pensacola Avenue is from 1860, but the passage was called Pensicoa and Pensico in the 1840s. A formation along the way is known as the "Pineapple Bush".

    Mid - 1800s guide Stephen Bishop left a love note to his wife on a rock in Pensacola Avenue: "Charlotte Brown, the flower of Mammoth Cave."