New exhibit at local museum gives glimpse of Panama City's past

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Historical Museum is giving locals a look into what Panama City looked like more than 100 years ago.

The new exhibit opened Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)

Using a map pieced together by members of the Historical Society of Bay County, locals can see what Panama City looked like around 1917.

Officials with the Historical Society say there were a lot more walking paths and covered areas.

Members also say the old plans look a lot like some of the newer ideas presented to rebuild the downtown area.

Bob Hurst, a member of Historical Society of Bay County said, "What goes around comes around! Around that time there was a lot of walking going on, they didn't have a lot of automobiles. People liked the trees, it was a shaded area."

On the other side of the exhibit, there are pictures from the same year, including some information about a major storm in 1917.

Rebecca Saunders, a member of the Historical Society of Bay County said, "This is the Panama City Pilot newspaper article about it and it was pretty major. This picture at the top shows one of the buildings along the waterfront that was pretty badly damaged and he describes everything else that was damaged."

The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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