Panama City Paper Mill Artifacts Will Keep Memories Alive


PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Panama City Paper Mill has officially closed, but it won’t be forgotten.

A few of the mill’s artifacts, including the iconic whistle, are housed at the Bay County Historical Museum.

If you grew up around Panama City, you’re probably familiar with the sound of the whistle.

He probably woke you up every morning at 7:00 a.m. when he rang the start of the worker’s shift.

The whistle also sounded at noon to start the lunch break, at 12:30 p.m. to end lunch and at 3:30 p.m. to end the day shift.

Museum officials also obtained a voice pipe that was used during World War I as a means of communication.

They also have a boiler door.

The artifacts are expected to be on display at the Bay County Historical Museum in the coming months.

“You know, a lot of people say ‘you can never go home,’ it’s an old saying, but people like to feel like a place belongs to them,” Hurst said. “I think keeping history alive is part of that process.”

Hurst said they might get other items as well.

He hopes to receive some of the old documents, paintings and photos from the mill.


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