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Part A---General Information
Live~Oak is in.North Central Florida, 85 miles west of Jacksonville, and
85 miles east .of Tallahassee. It is in the Suwannee River Valley. The
elevation is about 104 feet.
U. S. Highways 90 and 129 and Florida Highway 51 pass through Live Oak,
Seaboard Air Line Railroad and Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad provide rail
service. Bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. Air trans portation is
not available from Live Oak, but feeder air line service is available from-
Suwannee County had a population of 17,000 in 1945. The population of Live
Oak is now about 4,000.
(From observations at Lake City, Florida)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Raihfall
January 55.6 2.84 July 81.0 7.48
SFebruary 56.7 3.59 August 81.1 6.52
March 63.3 3.74 September 78.5 4.92
April 68.7 2.77 October 70.1 2.60
SMay 75.3 3.58 November 61.3 1.61
June 79,8 6.78 December 56.1 3.17
Annual 69.0 49,60
Live Oak received it's name from the myriad gigantic, and beautiful trees
"Live Oak." Long before the Far Between the States took place, men of
agriculture of the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama sought new
fields and new homes for their families and slaves. Many struck out toward
the Gulf of Mexico or its shores, crossed the Suwannee River, saw the
fertility of mhat is now Suwannee County, saw the deer, turkeys and other
beasts of the wildland and decided this was good earth with its lush, near-
tropical growth, good climate and decided this was a ,good place to settle and
live. Their wisdom survives.
6. Major Sources of Income:
Agriculture and timber products, live stock and poultry constitute the major
activities. We produce food for the hungry, tobacco for the smoker, naval
stores, pulpwood, utilizing to the fullest the rich heritage of the county.
SePart B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events:
The tobacco auction sales, starting in late July and extending into September
attract hundreds of people to hear and see the auctioneers and watch the
buyers vie with each other buying the "choicest leaves." In October a
county fair is held for exhibiting live stock.
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1. Special Events: (cont.)
Also, for three days in October (dates not fixed), the Southeastern Singing
convention is held in Live Oak. This is composed of religious groups of
choirs, quartets, etc., from churches, radio .artists and individuals. Live
Oak is the permanent headquarters for this activity.
2. Athletic events are provided by school teams, in conference leagues, for
baseball, football and basketball. There are semi-professional soft-ball
games during the summer and Live Oak teams belong to leagues in this area.
Amateur golf tournaments are held at the country club,
3. Tourist Clubq:
Suwannee CountryClub, golfing, boating, fishing, swimming, card parties,
dinner parties, dancing and any wholesome entertainment desired by the
membership. Dues $2 per month plus 500 green fees for members. Non-
members $1 green fees. Any white person of good moral character is
eligible for membership. Club house is always open.
Sportsman's Club, active in hunting and fishing. Affiliated with the
Florida Wildlife Federation for the preservation of fish, game and wild-
life. Dues $3. Membership requirements demand the individual abide by
the State Game Laws to protect and perpetuate the game life.
5. Civic Organizations:
Junior Chamber of Commerce.
6. Fsaternal Organizations: S
Woodmen of the World
Order of Eastern Star
8. Recreational Facilities:
Falmouth Roadside Park, not entirely completed but interesting. Country Club
provides golfing facilities. Golfing fees 504 for members, $1 non-members.
Nine hole course. No admission fee. Suwannee Springs, outdoor, swimming pool
supplied by sulphur water at 70 degrees year round. Admission, 250 per
person for use of bath house. This pool is about 25 x 50 feet,
Dove, quail, turkey, ducks, rabbit, squirrels, deer, o'possums, raccons,
and foxes are found in this section. Wild cats and skunks are also found
here. It is approximately five to thirty miles to unposted hunting grounds.
Hunting lodges and guides are not available,
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Fresh water fishing in the Surannee River and numerous lakes provides ample
sport whether casting or still fishing. Bass, trout, bream, sh1ll-crackers,
etc., are in abundance. Fishing camps and fishing guides are not available
Advent Christian, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Church of God,
Episcopal, methodist, Nazarene, and Presbyterian denominations have services
in Live Oak.
Name Number of Rooms Rate Plan
Suwannee Hotel 56 $1.50 up European
Stephen Foster 10 $1.50 up American
Blue Lodge 50 O2.50 up European
2. Tourist Courts:
Chitwoods Cabins, 4 cabins, $3.each, one-quarter of mile to nearest eating
Bakers Cabins, 4 cabins, 43 each, one-half mile to nearest eating place.
3. Gupt Homes:
4. Trailer Courts:
Cannon's Triler Court, west of town on U.S. Highway 90, ample accommodations,
grocery store, service station, $1 per day or $3 per week.
Baker's Trailer Court, east of town on U.S. Highway 90, ample accommodations,
$1 per day or $3.50 per week.
5. Eating Places:
Suwannee Hotel Coffee Shop, Alimar Coffee Shop, Sweetpea's Restaurant and
numerous drive-in's and cafes.
Further information on Live Oak can be obtained from:
SUWANNEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Draver 662
Live Oak, Florida