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A History of Cook Motor Company

Cook Motor Co, Panama City, FL
Violet Sky at Cook Motor Co, Panama City, FL


Located in downtown Panama City, the Cook Motor Company had built this building in the 1930s following a devastating fire. The original dealership was called the Panama City Motor Company but was declared a total loss after an explosion caused a fire and ruined the storefront.

This building still stands today and had a large showroom, office for the employees and even a shop to repair vehicles. The dealership sold cars manufactured by Ford.

After extensive expansion the dealership moved and since then the building has changed ownership and been home to many different businesses over the past years.

Violet Sky’s Visit

The downtown area of Panama City has a lot of historical significance. In fact, the Cook Motor Company plays a role in this history. I learned a lot about this during my visit to the site.

The growth of businesses is interesting to me and to see how Cook Motor Company expanded is interesting.

How to Visit

The plaque located on the front façade of the building still gives a glimpse of what was once a booming business in downtown Panama City.

This site is free to visit! It makes for an interesting adventure while in the city.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

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