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Part A---General Information
Havana is in North West Florida, 16 miles northwest of Tallahassee, the state
capital, 11 miles east of Quincy, the county seat, and 6 miles south of the
Florida-Georgia border. The elevation is about 200 feet.
Havana is at the junction of U. S. Highways 27 and 90, originally the Old
Spanish Trail. Seaboard Air Line Railroad provides rail service. Bus service
is provided by Greyhound Lines and National Trailways. Air service is not
available here but scheduled service is available at Tallahassee.
Gadsden County had a population of 30,902 in 1945. The population of Havana
was 1,353. The population of Havana is n:. approximately 1,800.
(From observations at Quincy, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 53.7 4.48 July 80.4 7.07
February 55.5 4.57 August 80.1 6.12
March 60.9 4.39 September 77.6 5.08
April 66.1 3.71 October 72.6 2.97
Hay 73.6 4.16 November 59.0 3.04
June 79.1 5.78 December 54.3 4.65
Annual 67.7 56.02
Havana, called such because of the Little Cuban Sun tobacco grown in the area,
began with two buildings, on the Old Georgia, Florida and Alabama railroad.
It wvas incorporated in 1906 and named after the Cuban capital by an old
6. Major Sources of Income:
The area abounds in timber, which supports the lumber and turpentine in-
dustries. Four miles eway are fullers earth deposits, mined for use in puri-
fication of oil. Farms in this vicinity produced a 1Prge proportion of the
county's $678,000 livestock sales in 1947. Havana is in the heart of the
shade grown tobacco country. The soil in the area surrounding it is parti-
cularly adapted to the growing of shade wrapper leaf and sun tobacco, peanuts
and truck crops. Havana serves as the center for the packing and marketing of
millions of pounds of tobacco a year, through the city's two packing companies.
A modern canning plant, deriving much of its produce from the fertile farms in
the area, ships canned vegetables and fruits over the entire country.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
Annual Gadsden County Tobacco Festival,'fishfrieS, pilaus, school May Festival.
2. Athletic Events:
Baseball, softball and basketball.gomes are the principal athletic events.
The Havana "Bears" were state basketball champions (Class C) in 1947.
3. Tourist Clubs:
4. Recreational Clubs:
Havana Recreation Association, a dance club for those above highschool age,
holds dances once a month at Community Hall. Membership is limited to 50
couples. Dues $1 per couple per month. Havana's Community Hall provides
facilities for organizations and public affairs.
5. Civic Organizations:
Kiwanis Club, Garden Club, Woman's Club, V.F.W., National Youth Organizations
and Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
6. Fraternal Organizations:
Hasons and Order of Eastern Star.
Recreation in Havana includes fishing, hunting, fishfries, baseball, and
church activities, high school sports and dancing. Also periodic band
concerts by high school band.
8. Recreational Facilities:
Natural recreational facilities, such as forests, river and lake are at hand.
Turkey, quail, duck, deer, bobcats, foxes and squirrels abound in this area.
No hunting lodges are available but boarding houses and homes in town provide
adequate accommodations. Unposted hunting grounds are several miles outside
of town limits. Hunting guides are not available here.
Fresh water bream, bass, speckled perch, catfish and shell crackers are caught
in the Ochlochnee River and Lake Talquin. High Bluff Fishing Camp is 13 miles
from Havana on Lake Talquin. There are no cabins but tables and fire places
are provided for cooking. Boats can be rented for $1 per day.
Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist denominations have services in Havana.
None. We have two Boarding Houses operating as small resident hotels.
2. Tourist Courts:
3. Guest Homes:
No guest homes, but rooms can be rented in private residence if necessary.
4. Trailer Courts:
5. Eating Places:
Havana Cafe, Jimmie's Cafe and Dixie Cafe.
Further information on Havana may be obtained from:
KIWANIS CLUB OF HAVANA
Post Office Box 234