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 feet. -
Local bus service: Eight buses are used to provide service within the city.
Highway: -Principal roads through Tallahassee are U. S. Highways 27, 90 and
319 and Florida Highways 10 and 20.
Rail: Rail service to Tallahassee is provided by the Seaboard Air Line Rail-
road 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 Greyhound Lines,
Modern Coach Corporation and Tamiami Trailways provide intercity bus service.
Air: Eastern Air Lines and National Airlines provide scheduled air transpor-
Charter flight operators: Tallahassee Aircraft Corporation and Wheeler Flying
Service operate charter flight services at Dale Mabry Field.
Passenger boat lines: Tallahassee is not a port.
199 Estimate* 1945 Census 1940 Census
Total county 50,000 35,451 31,646
Total city 40,000 18,105 16,240
3Estimates include population of Florida State University and Florida Agricul-
tural & Mechanical College. Populous areas immediately adjacent to the city
limits are included in the Tallahassee population. While this reflects the
true population from a market standpoint, it will vary considerably from the
population credited to the city and the county by usual census methods.
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 between the Spaniards in Florida and
the English in South Carolina led 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 Tallahassee 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 towns in the
territory and Tallahassee was selected as the capital because it was midway
between the two towns. The first white settlement was established in
Tallahassee the next year.
Tallahazge was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River that
was hbver captured by Federal troops. On March 6, 1865, Federal troops
attempted to capture Tallahassee but were defeated 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 possibly 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 5,500, and Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical College for Negroes (coed), with an enrollment of 2,300, supplement
the local retail market. Among the principal manufacturers 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). The agricultural income in Leon County exceeds $2,000,000
Daily: Daily Democrat, circulation, 10,795. No Saturday edition. Sunday
edition, the News-Democrat, has a circulation of 11,215.
8. Radio Stations
Call Letters Frequency Watts Network
WTAL 1270 5,000 Mutual
WRIP 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 level, coedu-
Lively Technical School, vocational, coeducational.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
Annual special events include the Leon County Fair, scheduled for October 11-
15, 1949; the 114--year old May Day Festival, generally held the first Friday in
May under the May Oak in Lewis Park; Garden Club Spring Garden Pilgrimage,
-April 27, 1949; Tallahassee Trail, tour of ante-bellum homes sponsored by
Tallahassee Woman's Club, February 25 and 26, 1950. The Florida legislature
will be in session from April 5 through June 3, 1949.
The Tallahassee Pirates, professional baseball team in the Georgia-Florida
League, is active during the spring and summer months. Both Florida State
University and.Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes parti-
'" cipate in intercollegiate athletics and play home games in Tallahassee. Leon
' High School participates in interscholastic athletic events.
3. Commercial Attractions
Killearn Gardens, 5 miles north of Tallahass-e on U. S. Highway 319, is open
from December 1 through April 15. Tour time is 1 hours. Seasans: azaleas,
March and April; gardenias, April; camellias and narcissi, January and
February. Admission, $1 plus tax.
Wakulla 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 bver springs and jungle cruise each cost $1 plus tax. A combination
trip costs $1.50 plus tax. Grounds are planted with azaleas, gardenias, red
bud, dogwood, crabapple, spider lilies and wild asters. Hotel, restaurant and
bathhouse facilities are available.
4. Tourist ClUbs
5. Recreational Clubs
Tallahassee Country Club, municipally owned and operated, has clubhouse and
18-hole golf course. Greens fee, $1 on week hays and $1.50 on Saturdays,
Sunday and holidays.
STallahassee Yacht Club, Panacea.
6. Civic Organizations
Name Day & Time of Meeting Place of Meeting
Business & Professional
Chamber of Commerce Floridan Hotel Building
Exchange Club Friday, 1:15 Floridan Hotel
Junior Chamber of Commorce Monday, 1:05 Cherokee Hotel
Junior Woman's Club
Kiwanis Club Tuesday, 1:10 Floridan Hotel
Lions Club Thursday, 1:10 Cherokee Hotel
Rotary Club Wednesday, 1:15 Floridan Hotel
Woman's Club Woman's Club
7. Fraternal Organizations
Fraternal organizations in Tallahassee include the American Legion, American
5 Legion Auxiliary, Elks Club, Odd Follows, Masons, Moose, Shrine Club, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and Woodmen of the World.
8. Organized Entertainment
Tallahassee Civic Music Association, Florida State University Artists Series
and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical Collego Artists series present concerts
by nationally known artists. The Tallahassee Little Theatre was organized
recently and is planning to produce its first p'ay in the near future.
9. Recreational Facilities
Tallahassee Country Club, 18-hole golf course; greens fee, $1 on week days and
$1.50 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
City park system includes 14 parks and landscaped areas, totaling nearly 108
acres. The city has 10 concrete and two clay tennis courts. Softball, volley-
ball and basketball leagues and a junior golf tournament are sponsored by the
city. Eight athletic fields are also available.
Facilities for swimming are provided at Lake Bradford, on the edge of
Tallahassee and at Wakulla Springs, 20 miles south of Tallahassee.
Quail, doves, wild turkeys,deer, bears, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, geese,
coot, and marsh hens ere 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,
Bass, bream and perch are the principal species found here. Boats can be
rented at the Ochlocknee River and at Lakes Munson, Talquin, lamonia, Jackson,
Miccosukee and LaFayette. There are numerous camps within a few miles of
Tallahassee where small boats may be rented for salt water fishing. Charter
fishing boats for salt water fishing are available at Panacea, Saint Marks,
Spring Creek and Carrabelle, Information on charter fishing boats can be
obtained from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
Assembly of God, First Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Church of the Nazarene, Episcopal,
Jehovah's Witnesses, Jewish, Methodist, Pentecostal Holiness, Presbyterian
and Seventh Day Adventist denominations have services in Tallahassee.
'Name Rooms Double Single
Cherokee 150 $5 $2.50
Collins 30 $6 $2.50
Colonial 56 $4 $2.50
Floridan 150 $5 $2.50
Wakulla Springs Lodge (20 miles 30 $5 $3.50
south of Tallahassee)
White House 19 $3 $2.50
2. Tourist Courts
Bowman's Motor Court, North Monroe Street; 60 brick units; minimum rates,
$3.00 single, $4.50 double..
Capital City Motor Court, l- 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, 3- miles east of Tallahassee on U. S. Highway 27;
10 stone units; rates, $4 single,:$7 double.
Florida Motor Hotel, 2 miles east of Tallahassee on U. S. Highway 27; 50 units;
rates, $4 single, $7 double.
Kinsey Motor Court, 33 miles east of Tallahassee on U. S. Highway 27; 10 brick
units; rate, $5 double.
Prince Murat Inn, 1 mile west of Tallahassee; 30 units; rates, $4 single, $6
Tallahassee Motor Hotel, 1630 North Morroe Street; 66 stone and stucco units;
minimum rate, $5 double.
3. Trailer Parks
Carrins Deluxe Tourist Court--Trailer accommodations.
Kinsey Motor Court--Trailer accommodations.
Register's Trailer Park, 3 miles east of Tallahassee on U. S. Highway 90; 36
spaces; rates, $1.25 daily, $6 weekly, $15 monthly.
4. Specialized Eating Places
Joe's Spaghetti House
Seven Seas Restaurant
102 South Adams Street
320 East Tennessee
318 South Monroe Street
Italian and Spanish
Further information on Tallahassee can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Post Office Box 710
(Revised March 1949)