Category Archives: Old Dutch

Captain of the ‘Tarpon’ Goes Down with His Ship Near PCB

The Tarpon

The twin screwed steamship the SS Tarpon was built in 1886, at Wilmington Delaware. She was originally christened the Naugatuck. She measured 130 feet overall with a beam of 26 feet and was powered by twin steam engines driving iron propellers. Naugatuck’s owners sold her to Henry Plant, whose shipping empire at Tampa, Florida, was […]

From the Stage at the Old Dutch to the Opening Act for the Beatles

There’s a thread that weaves its way from Marianna, Florida to Dothan, Alabama, to Panama City Beach and eventually lands on stage with the Beatles in Great Britain. The men weaving this thread were Bobby Goldsboro and Buddy Buie. Both, Buddy and Bobby, were born in Marianna, Florida and both moved with their families to […]

Hotel Magnate Adds a Gulf Side Roadhouse to His Venues

Old Dutch

The story of the Old Dutch doesn’t end with hard times during WWII. Instead, it goes big-time. A hotel chain owner, Cliff Stiles, purchased the Old Dutch, a year before the end of the war.  At the time, Mr. Cliff Stiles owned many hotels through the southeast. Much like the originator of the Old Dutch, […]

U-Boats and the Gulf Front Roadhouse on Panama City Beach

In 1937 Frank Burghduff came to visit the Gulf shores of Panama City Beach. He was so captivated by the beauty of the area that he decided to leave his home state of New York and move to Panama City Beach. He came with the dream to build a beach-front roadhouse that would earn nationwide […]