Part A---General Information.
Tallahassee is in West Florida, 169 miles west of Jacksonville,
210 miles east of Pensacola, and 98 miles-northeast of Panama City.
It is 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Maximum elevation is 216
Local bus service: Eight buses are used to provide service within
Highway: Principal roads through Tallahassee'are U. S. Highways
27, 90 and 319 and Florida Highway 20.
Rail: Rail service to Tallahassee is provided by the Seaboard Air
Line Railroad and the Georgia, Florida and Alabama Railroad.
Passenger service on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad is available
from Monticello, 20 miles away.
Intercity bus service: Florida Greyhound Lines, Southern Grey-
hound Lines, Modern Coach Corporation and Tamiami Trailways pro-
vide intercity bus service.
Air: Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines and Florida Airways pro-
vide scheduled air transportation.
Charter flight operators: Tallahassee Aircraft Corporation and
Wheeler Flying Service operate charter flight services at Dale
Passenger boat lines: Tallahassee is not a port.
1948 Estimate 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 41,800 35,451 31,646
Total city 26,800 18,105 16,240
(Based on U. S. Weather Bureau records for a 57 year period.)
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Temperature Rainfall Temperature Rainfall
January 51.7 3.76 July 80.8 7.43
February 53.8 4.19 August 80.4 6.64
March 60.3 4.55 September 76.4 5.48
April 66.2 3.40 October 67.7 2.79
May 73.1 3.55 November 57.8 2.77
June 78.8 6.11 December 52.1 4.50
Annual 66.6 55.17
The capital of the Apalachee Indian nation was located here when
Hernando de Soto spent four months in this area in 1539. Spanish
priests established missions near here 93 years later. War be-
tween the Spaniards in Florida and the English in South Carolina
let to the destruction of the Spanish missions and the laying in
waste of the Apalachee fields in 1704.
5. History (Cont.)
A few years later, Seminole Indians established the town of Talla-
hassee Taloofa in the southeastern part of the present city. In
1823, two years after the United States took possession of Florida,
Tallahassee was chosen as the capital. At that time, Pensacola
and Saint Augustine were the principal cities in the territory
and Tallahassee was selected as the capital because it was midway.
The first white settlement was established in Tallahassee the
next year. Tallahassee was the only Confederate capital east of
the Mississippi that was never captured by Federal troops. On
March 6, 1865, Federal troops attempted to capture Tallahassee
but were repulsed by old men, boys from West Florida Seminary
(now Florida State University), and a few hundred trained soldiers
who were in Tallahassee on furlough. The meaning of the word,
"Tallahassee", is not definitely known. It is a Seminole Indian
word and probably means "beautiful country".
6. Major Sources of Income
Tallahassee is the seat of county and state government. Florida
State University (coed), with an enrollment of 4 500, and Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (coed), with an
enrollment of 1,700, supplement the local retail market. Among
the principal manufacturer here are the Elberta Crate and Box
Company, Southern Pine Extracts Company, Brooks-Scanlon Lumber
Company, Southern Packing Company, Monticello Pecan Company,
Alltite Motor Products Company and Hanson, Wood and Hoel Industries
(concrete block manufacturer).
Daily: Daily Democrat, circulation, 9,300. No Saturday edition.
Sunday paper, the News-Democrat, has a circulation of 9,500.
8. Radio Stations
Call Letters Frequency Watts Network
WTAL 1270 5,000 Mutual
WRHP 1450 250 ABC
WTAL-FM 103.9 710 Mutual
9. Private Schools and Colleges
Florida State University, college level, coeducational.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes, college
Lively Technical School, vocational, coeducational.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Special events that are held annually are the Leon County Fair,
during the week of October 18, 1948, and the May Day Festival,
generally held the first Friday in May. Florida's next governor
will be inaugurated on Tuesday, January 4, 1949. In addition to
the formal ceremonies, the inauguration is celebrated with a
parade, dances and usually reception at the Governor's Mansion.
The next regular session of the Florida legislature will begin in
2. Athletic Events
The Tallahassee Pirates, professional team in the Georgia-Florida
Baseball League, will be active from April 13 to September 2
during the 1948 season. Florida State University will have four
home football games during the 1948 season, which opens on
October 9 and closes on December 4. Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical College for Negroes will have five home games during
the 1948 season, beginning.October 2 and ending November 20. The
I Leon High School football season opens September 24 and closes
November 25. Tallahassee Men's Golf Association will sponsor a
Washington's Birthday Tournament on February 22, 1949.
3. Commercial Attractions
Killearn Gardens, five miles north of Tallahassee on U. S. High-
way 319, is open from December 1 to April 15. Tour time is
lI hours. Seasons: azaleas, March and April; gardenias,
April; camellias and narcissi, January and February. Admission,
$1 plus tax.
Waukulla Springs, 20 miles south of Tallahassee, just off U. S.
Highway 319, is open the year round. There is no admission
charge to enter the grounds. Boat ride over springs and
jungle cruise each cost $1 plus tax. A combination trip costs
$1.50. Seasons: azaleas, February; gardenias, December. Red
bud, dogwood, crabapple, spider lilies and wild asters can
-also be seen. Hotel, restaurant and bathhouse facilities are
4. Tourist Clubs
5. Recreational Clubs
* Tallahassee Country Club, municipally-owned and operated, has club-
house and 18-hole golf course. Greens fee, $1 on week days and
$1.50 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
6. Civic Organizations
'Name Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Junior Chamber of
Commerce Monday, 1:05 p.m. Cherokee Hotel
Kiwanis Club Tuesday, 1:10 p.m. Floridan Hotel
Rotary Club Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. Floridan Hotel
Lions Club Thursday, 1:10 p.m. Cherokee Hotel
Exchange Club Friday, 1:15 p.m. Floridan Hotel
Business & Professional
Junior Woman's Club
7. Fraternal Organizations
SFraternal organizations in Tallahassee include the American
Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Elks Club, Odd Fellows, Masons,
Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Veterans of Foreign Wars Aux-
iliary, Woodmen of the World.
8. Organized Entertainment
Tallahassee Civic Music Association, Florida State University
Artists Series and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College
Artists Series present concerts by nationally-known artists.
9. Recreational Clubs
Tallahassee Country Club, 18-hole golf course; greens fee, $1 on
week days and $1.50 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
City park system includes 14 parks and landscaped areas, totaling
nearly 108 acres. The city also has 10 concrete and two clay
tennis courts. Softball, volleyball and basketball leagues
and a junior golf tournament are sponsored by the city. Eight
athletic fields are also available.
Quail, dove, wild turkey, deer, bears, foxes, rabbits, squirrels,
duck, geese, coot, and marsh hens are found in this area. There
are no hunting guides here. Accommodations are available at
Parkerson's Fishing Lodge, Route 4, Box 235, Tallahassee (two
cabins) and Bradwell Camp, Star'Route, Box 59, Tallahassee (three
The Ochlocknee River and Lakes Munson, Talquin, lamonia, Jackson
and Miccosukee are noted for good fresh water fishing. Bass,
bream and perch are the principal species found here. Boats can
be rented at Lake Munson Camp, Route 6, Box 60; Blount's Camp,
Star Route; Fisher's Camp, Route 1, Box 159; Thomas Landing, Star
Route, Box 64; Parkerson's Fishing Lodge, Route 4, Box 235;
Vause's Camp, Star Route, Box 36; Jackson's Camp, Route 3, Box 126;
Russell's Lodge, Star Route, Box 48 A; William's Landing, Star
Route, Box 31; Harvey's Landing, Star Route, Box 45; Drake's
Landing, Star Route, Box 69; Bradwell Camp, Star Route, Box 59;
Stoutamire's Camp, Star Route, Box 50; Rack Haven, 607 South
Gadsden Street, and W. C. Moore, Route 3, Box 121, Tallahassee,
and Reeves Camp, Route 1, Box 33, Lloyd, Florida. Only Parkerson's
Fishing Lodge and Bradwell Camp have cabins. Salt water fish can
be caught in the Gulf of Mexico, 20 miles away. O. P. Shields,
Saint Marks, Florida, operates charter deep sea fishing boats.
Methodist, Presbyterian, Christian Science, Episcopal, Baptist,
Catholic, Church of Christ, Pentecostal Holiness, Assembly of
God, First Assembly of God, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witnesses and Church of
the Nazarene denominations have services in Tallahassee.
Name Rooms Minimum Rate*
Cherokee 150 5 2.50
Collins 30 6 2.50
Floridan 150 5 2.50
Wakulla Springs Lodge (20 miles
South of Tallahassee) 30 $5 $2.50
White House 22
2. Tourist Courts
Capital City Motor Court, 1i miles south of Tallahassee on U. S.
Highway 319; 19 brick and stone units; minimum rates, #2.50
single, $3.50 double.
Carrins Deluxe Tourist Court, 31 miles east of Tallahassee on
Florida Highway 20; 10 stone units; rates, $4 single, $7
Dean's Deluxe Auto Court. North Monroe Street; 60 brick units;
minimum rates, $2.50 single, $3.50 double.
Kinsey Motor Court, 3 miles east of Tallahassee on Florida High-
way 20; 10 brick units; rate, $5 double.
Tallahassee Motor Hotel, 1630 North Monroe Street; 66 stone and
stucco units; minimum rate, $5 double.
3. Trailer Parks
There are several small trailer parks on the outskirts of
4. Specialized Eating Places
Name Address Speciality
Seven Seas Restaurant 318 South Monroe Street Seafoods
Garcia's 320 East Tennessee Italian &
Jose Spaghetti House Jacksonville Highway Italian
Silver Slipper Woodville Highway Steaks
Further information on Tallahassee can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 710