Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

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Tallahassee (pronEng|ˌtæləˈhæsi) is the capital of the State of Florida, USA, and the county seat of Leon County. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida in 1824. In 2006, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 159,012, [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2004-04-12.xls Census data] ] while the Tallahassee metropolitan area is estimated at 336,501 (2006).

Tallahassee is the home of Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and branches of Barry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Flagler College. The Florida State University College of Engineering is a joint project of Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Two technical schools are located in Tallahassee: Lively Technical Center and Keiser College - Tallahassee.

Tallahassee is a regional center for trade and agriculture, and is served by Tallahassee Regional Airport. With one of the fastest growing manufacturing and high tech economies in Florida, [ [http://www.floridatrend.com/region_article.asp?rName=Big%20Bend&rID=8&aID=302679402.6277124.601393.8138043.5977529.656&aID2=46252 BIG BEND: Rounding out the Economy] ] its major private employers include a General Dynamics Land Systems manufacturing facility (military and combat applications), the headquarters of [http://www.talla-tech.com/ Talla-Tech] (a communications manufacturing firm owned by Tadiran Communications, Ltd., in Israel) and the manufacturing headquarters for [http://www.turbocor.com/ Danfoss Turbocor] (a manufacturer of oil-free high efficiency compressors). It is also home for the [http://www.figgbridge.com/ Figg Engineering Group] , a bridge engineering firm founded by Eugene Figg. The Municipal Code Corporation develops and publishes ordinances for cities and counties all across the United States. Homes and Land LLC, one of the nation's largest publishers of real estate listings and guides, is a privately held business based in Tallahassee. The [http://www.roseprinting.com/ Rose Printing Company] is a book printer. As the capital of the fourth-largest state in the US, Tallahassee is home to a number of national law firms, lobbying organizations, trade associations and professional associations, including the Florida Bar, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida and Florida Tax Watch.


The name "Tallahassee" is a Muskogean Indian word often translated as "old fields". This likely stems from the Creek (later called Seminole) Indians who migrated from Georgia and Alabama to this region in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Upon arrival, they found large areas of cleared land previously occupied by the Apalachee tribe. Earlier, the Mississippian Indians built mounds near Lake Jackson around A.D. 1200, which survive today in the Lake Jackson Archaeological State Park. [http://www.tallahasseenewsroom.com/MediaKit/Trivia/]

The expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez encountered the Apalachees, although it did not reach the site of Tallahassee. Hernando de Soto and his expedition occupied the Apalachee town of Anhaica in the winter of 1538-1539. Based on archaeological excavations, this site is now known to be located about one-half mile east of the present Florida State Capitol. The DeSoto encampment is believed to be the first place Christmas was celebrated in the continental United States.

During the 1600s, several Spanish missions were established in the territory of the Apalachee to procure food and labor for the colony at St. Augustine. The largest of these, Mission San Luis de Apalachee, has been partially reconstructed by the state of Florida.

From 1821 through 1845, the rough-hewn frontier capital gradually grew into a town during Florida's territorial period. The Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, returned for a grand tour of the United States in 1824. The US Congress voted to give him $200,000 (the same amount he had given the colonies in 1778), US citizenship, and a plot of land that currently makes up a portion of Tallahassee. In 1845, a Greek revival masonry structure was erected as the Capitol building in time for statehood. Now known as the "old Capitol," it stands in front of the Capitol high rise building, which was constructed in the 1970s. [ [http://www.cfhf.net/maps/1839.htm MOSQUITO COUNTY 1842] ]

During the American Civil War, Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi not captured by Union forces. A small engagement, the Battle of Natural Bridge, was fought south of the city on March 6, 1865.

Following the Civil War, much of Florida's industry moved to the south and east, a trend that continues today. The end of slavery hindered the cotton and tobacco trade, and the state's major industries shifted to citrus, lumber, naval stores, cattle ranching and tourism. The post-Civil War period was also when many former plantations in the Tallahassee area were purchased by wealthy northerners for use as winter hunting preserves. In 1899 the city reached −2 °F (−19 °C) (the only sub-zero Fahrenheit reading in Florida to this day) during the Great Blizzard of 1899.

Until World War II, Tallahassee remained a small southern town, with virtually the entire population living within a mile of the Capitol. The main economic drivers were the universities and state government, where politicians met to discuss spending money on grand public improvement projects to accommodate growth in places such as Miami and Tampa Bay, hundreds of miles away from the capital. By the 1960s, there was a movement to transfer the capital to Orlando, closer geographically to the growing population centers of the state. That motion was defeated, however, and the 1970s saw a long-term commitment by the state to the capital city with construction of the new capitol complex and preservation of the old Florida State Capitol building.

In recent years, Tallahassee has seen an increase in growth, mainly in government and research services associated with the state, Florida State University, and Florida A&M University.

Geography and climate

Tallahassee is located at coor dms|30|27|6|N|84|16|22|W|city (30.451800, -84.272770).GR|1 According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 98.2 square miles (254.5 km²), of which, 95.7 square miles (247.9 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²) of it (2.59%) is water.

Tallahassee is noted for its hilly terrain, and the state capitol is located on one of the highest hills in the city. The elevation varies from near sea level to just over 200 feet. The flora and fauna are more typical of those found in the mid-south and low country regions of South Carolina and North Carolina. Although some palm trees grow in the city, they are the more cold-hardy varieties like the state tree, the Sabal Palmetto. Pines, magnolias and a variety of oaks are the dominant trees. Of the latter, the Southern Live Oak is perhaps the most emblematic of the city.

Tallahassee has a hot and humid subtropical climate, with long summers and mild to chilly, short winters. Summers in Tallahassee are hotter than in the Florida peninsula, and it is one of the few cities in the state to occasionally record temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 °C). The summer weather is characterized by brief intense showers and thunderstorms that form along the afternoon sea breeze from the Gulf of Mexico. The average summertime high temperature is 92 °F(32 °C). Conversely, the city is much cooler in the winter. In December and January, the average high temperature is 64 °F(18 °C) and the average low is 42 °F(6 °C). On occasion, temperatures fall into the 20s and 10s at night, and temperatures in the single digits have been recorded. Tallahassee recorded the state's lowest temperature of -2 °F (-20 °C), on February 13, 1899.Fact|date=August 2008 Over the last 100 years, the city has also recorded several snowfalls; the heaviest was 2.8 inches on February 13, 1958. Historically, the city usually records at least observed flurries every three to four years, but on average, measurable amounts of snow (1" or more) occur only every 16 years. The natural snow line (regular yearly snow falls) ends convert|200|mi|km to the north at Macon, Georgia. In addition, the city averages 34 nights where the temperature falls below freezing (http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/online/ccd/min32temp.html).

Although several hurricanes have brushed Tallahassee with their outer rain and wind bands, in recent years only Hurricane Kate, in 1985, has struck Tallahassee directly. The Big Bend area of North Florida sees several tornadoes each year during the season, but none have hit Tallahassee in living memory. In extreme heavy rains, some low-lying parts of Tallahassee may flood, notably the Franklin Boulevard area adjacent to the downtown and the Killearn Lakes subdivision(which is not within the city limits proper) on the north side.

Driving times from Tallahassee to Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia are shorter than the driving time from Tallahassee to Key West.


Voters of Leon County have gone to the polls four times to vote on consolidation of Tallahassee and Leon County governments into one jurisdiction combining police and other city services with already shared (consolidated) Tallahassee Fire Department and Leon County Emergency Medical Services. Tallahassee's city limits would increase from convert|98.2|sqmi|km2 to convert|702|sqmi|km2. Roughly 36 percent of Leon County's 250,000 residents live outside the Tallahassee city limits.The proponents of consolidation have stated that the new jurisdiction would attract business by its very size. Merging governments would cut government waste, duplication of services, etc. However, Professor Richard Feiock states that no discernible relationship exists between consolidation and the local economy. [ [http://www.fsu.edu/~localgov/publication_files/Feiock&Park&Kang_Consolidation_K3.pdf City County Consolidation Efforts: Selective Incentives and Institutional Choice] ]

Urban planning and expansion

The first plan for the Capitol Center was the 1947 Taylor Plan, which consolidated several of the government buildings in one downtown area. In 1974, the Capitol Center Planning Commission for the City of Tallahassee, Fla. responded to the growth of its urban center with a conceptual plan for the expansion of its Capitol Center. Hisham Ashkouri, working for The Architects' Collaborative, led the urban planning and design effort. Estimating growth and related development for approximately the next 25 years, the program projected the need for 213,677 (2.3 million feet²) of new government facilities in the city core, with 3,500 dwelling units, 0.4 km² (100 acres) of new public open space, retail and private office space, and other ancillary spaces. Community participation was an integral part of the design review, welcoming Tallahassee residents to provide input as well as citizens’ groups and government agencies, resulting in the creation of six separate Design Alternatives. The best elements of these various designs were combined to develop the final conceptual design, which was then incorporated into the existing Capitol area and adjacent areas.


Elementary Schools

* Gilchrist Elementary School
* Canopy Oaks Elementary
* Kate Sullivan Elementary School
* Buck Lake Elementary School
* Ruediger Elementary School
* Pinview Elementary School
* Apalachee Elementary School
* Hawks Rise Elementary School
* Sabal Palm Elementary School
* Frank Hartsfield Elementary School
* Sealey Elementary School
* Killearn Lakes Elementary School
* W.T. Moore Elementary School

Middle schools

* Atlantis Academy - [http://atlantisacademy.com/ website]
* Belle Vue Middle School
* Bucklake Middle School
* Cobb Middle School
* Community Christian School - [http://www.ccs-chargers.org/ website]
* Deerlake Middle School
* Fairview Middle School
* Griffin Middle School
* Holy Comforter Episcopal School - [http://www.holy-comforter.org/home/home.asp website]
* Maclay School - [http://www.maclay.org/ website]
* Nims Middle School
* Raa Middle School - [http://www.raa.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]
* Stars Middle School - [http://www.StarsMiddleSchool.org/ website]
* Swift Creek Middle School - [http://www.swiftcreek.leon.k12.fl.us/]
* Trinity Catholic School - [http://www.trinityknights.org/ website]
* Montford Middle School - [http://www.montford.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]

High schools

* Amos P. Godby High School - [http://www.godby.leon.k12.fl.us website]
* Community Christian School - [http://www.ccs-chargers.org/ website]
* Florida A&M University Developmental Research School - [http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?a=DRS&p=Home/ website]
* Florida State University High School - [http://www.fsus.fsu.edu/Schools/High/ website]
* James S. Rickards High School - [http://www.rickards.leon.k12.fl.us/ website] Rickards offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate
* John Paul II Catholic High School - [http://www.jpiichs.org/ website]
* Lawton Chiles High School - [http://www.chiles.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]
* Leon High School - [http://www.leon.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]
* Lincoln High School - [http://www.lincoln.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]
* Maclay School - [http://www.maclay.org/ website]
* North Florida Christian High School - [http://tbci.org/nfc.htm website]
* SAIL High School - [http://www.sail.leon.k12.fl.us/ website]
* Atlantis Academy - [http://atlantisacademy.com/ website] Also see Leon County for more details.

Universities and colleges

* Barry University School of Adult and Continuing Education - Tallahassee Campus
* Flagler College - Tallahassee Campus
* Florida A&M University
* Florida State University
* Keiser University - Tallahassee
* Lewis M. Lively Area Vocational-Technical School
* Tallahassee Community College

Public safety

Law enforcement services are provided by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Leon County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Capitol Police, Florida State University Police Department, Florida A&M University Department of Public Safety, the Tallahasse Community College Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Agency have offices in Tallahassee. The US Attorney's Office for North Florida is based in Tallahassee.

Fire and Rescue services are provided by the Tallahassee Fire Department and Leon County Emergency Medical Services.

Hospitals in the area include Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Capital Regional Medical Center and HealthSouthn Rehabilitation Hospital of Tallahassee.

Places of interest

* Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
* Challenger Learning Center
* Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park
* Florida State Capitol
* Florida Supreme Court
* Lake Ella
* Lake Jackson
* Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
* Lake Munson
* Lake Talquin
* Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science (MOAS) [http://www.thebrogan.org/ website]
* Mission San Luis de Apalachee
* Myers Park
* National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
* Railroad Square - [http://www.railroadsquare.com/ website]
* Tallahassee Museum
* Tom Brown Park

Located nearby are:
* Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site near Woodville
* Wakulla Springs State Park near Crawfordville
* Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee - Administration Building is on the National Register of Historic Places

Festivals and events

*First Friday festivals at Railroad Square
*Greek Food Festival
*Red Hills Horse Trials
*Springtime Tallahassee
*Southern Shakespeare Festival
*Tallahassee Film Festival
*Tallahassee Wine and Food Festival
*Winter Festival


*The Florida A&M University Rattlers compete in the NCAA Division 1, and the Playoff Subdivision in football.

*The Florida State University Seminoles compete in the NCAA Division 1, and the Bowl Subdivision in football.

*The Tallahassee Community College Eagles compete in the Panhandle Conference in Men's and Women's basketball, baseball and softball. [http://www.tcc.fl.edu/about_tcc/athletics/tcc_eagle_athletics website]

*Local public high schools and middle schools compete in athletics, and share Gene Cox Stadium for football.

*The Tallahassee Tiger Sharks were an ECHL team from 1994-2001.

*The Tallahassee Scorpions were an EISL team that played from 1997-98.

*The Tallahassee Tigers were an American Basketball Association.

*The Tallahassee Titans were an Indoor Football team that played their only season in the American Indoor Football Association.



*Tallahassee Regional Airport (KTLH)
*Tallahassee Commercial Airport (K68J)

Mass transit

StarMetro (formerly TalTran) provides bus service throughout the city.


CSX operates two rail lines in the city. Amtrak's Sunset Limited historically served the city, but has been suspended since Hurricane Katrina.

Defunct railroads

*The Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad, now a state trail.
*The Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Railroad.:"See also History of Tallahassee, Florida"

Major highways

*Interstate 10
*U.S. Route 27
*U.S. Route 90
*U.S. Route 319
*State Road 20
*State Road 61
*State Road 363
*Apalachee Parkway
*Blair Stone Road
*Capital Circle, Tallahassee




Notable residents (past and present)

*Cannonball AdderleyGrammy Award-winning jazz musician (for "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'")
*Art Agnos — former Mayor of San Francisco, California
*Wally Amos — founder of the "Famous Amos" chocolate chip cookie brand; actor
*Reubin Askew — politician, former Governor of Florida
*Red Barber — sportscaster, Radio Hall of Fame member
*Matt Battaglia — actor and former NFL player
*Konrad E. BlochNobel Prize-winning biochemist, who helped learn about the functioning of cholesterol
*Robert "Bobby" C. Bowden — college football coach, winner of two BCS National Championships
*James M. Buchanan — winner of Nobel Prize in economics
*Jim Butterworth — documentary filmmaker, winner of DuPont-Columbia Award for "Seoul Train"
*Ted Bundy — serial killer
*Robert Olen ButlerPulitzer Prize-winning author for "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" (fiction)
*Ricky CarmichaelMotocross/Supercross Champion
*Lawton Chiles — politician and FSU research fellow; former US Senator and Governor of Florida.
*George Clinton — musician, founder of Funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic
*Leroy Collins — politician and Governor of Florida (Leroy Collins was the only Tallahassee native to serve as Florida's Governor.)
*Rita CoolidgeGrammy Award-winning singer for "From the Bottle to the Bottom" and "Lover Please".
*Bradley Cooper — member of 1984 and 1988 Bahamas Summer Olympics team
*Gene Cox — State of Florida Sports Hall of Fame member (Leon High School football coach) [ [http://localism.com/article/166086/Tallahassee-Treasure-Uncovered Tallahassee Treasure Uncovered! ] ]
*Jim Cramer — host of CNBC's Mad Money
*Kim CrosbyNASCAR driver, with a best race finish of 20th, in 2004
*Dwight F. Davis — founder of the international tennis Davis Cup
*Paul DiracNobel Prize-winning physicist whose theories predicted antimatter
*Walter Dix - U.S. track team member and medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics
*Cathy Jenéen Doe — actress
*Sandy D'Alemberte — attorney, civil-rights activist, former Dean of the Florida State University Law School and former President of Florida State University
*Ernst von Dohnányi — composer and pianist
*Kyan Douglas — the "grooming expert" from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"
*Faye DunawayAcademy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress
*Sylvia Earle — former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
*Carrie Englert (Zimmerman) — member of 1976 U.S. Summer Olympics team http://tallahasseetumblingtots.org/TTT-8.htm Tallahassee Tumbling Tots' Olympians]
*Eugene Figg — engineer for such bridges as Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Linn Cove Viaduct, and Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
*Carlisle Floyd — opera composer - "Susannah" (1955) and others
*Neil Frank — former Director of the National Hurricane Center
*Ron J. Friedman — writer of Disney's Academy Award nominated film "Brother Bear"
*Michael Gaines — Swift TE for the Detroit Lions
*DaVanche (Ron) Galimore — member of 1980 U.S. Summer Olympics team
*Willie Galimore — member of College Football Hall of Fame, and NFL football player
*Althea Gibson — winner of several Wimbledon and US Open tennis championships
*Parris N. Glendening — former Governor of Maryland
*Carolyn S. Griner — former Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
*Ken Harnden — hurdler and sprinter who represented Zimbabwe in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games
*Tahesia Harrigan — professional sprinter (BVI)
*Bob Hayes — gold-medal winner on 1964 U.S. Summer Olympics team; NFL football player
*Robert B. Hilton - Tallahassee newspaper owner and Confederate congressman during the American Civil War
*Cheryl Hines — actress, 2006 Emmy-nominee
*Polly Holliday — actress, Golden Globe winner (for television series "Alice").
*Taylor Jacobs — professional football player - wide receiver with Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos
*Reggie Jefferson — former MLB player
*Brandy Johnson — member of 1988 U.S. Summer Olympics team
*Will Kirby — Big Brother 2 (2001) winner
*Desmond Koh — amateur swimmer who represented Singapore in the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympic Games
*Sir Harold KrotoNobel Prize-winning chemist who helped discover fullerenes
*Christine Lahti — film actress and director, winner of Academy Award for "Leiberman in Love", and well as two Golden Globes and an Emmy for her role in "Chicago Hope"
*Marshall Ledbetter — Protester who took over the Florida Capitol Building
*Scott Maddox — Former Mayor
*Doug MarlettePulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist
*Max Mayfield — former Director of the National Hurricane Center
*Jerrie Mock — aviator and first woman to fly around the world solo
*Jim Morrison — lead singer and lyricist of The Doors
*Catherine Willis Gray Murat — great-grandniece of George Washington
*Prince Achille Murat — nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte
*Kenneth Minihan — former director of the National Security Agency
*Robert S. Mulliken — physicist and chemist who won both the Priestley Medal and the Nobel Prize
*Brian Olson — member of 1996, 2000 and 2004 U.S. Summer Olympics teams [http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880611021 "Olson vies for fourth straight Olympics in Judo" ("Tallahassee Democrat", 11 June 2008)]
*Burgess Owens — professional football player, member of Oakland Raider team that won Super Bowl XV
*X. William Proenza — former Director of the National Hurricane Center
*Elise Ray — gymnast, represented United States in 2000 Olympic Games
*Gabrielle Reece — professional volleyball player, model
*Ashlee Register — Duel Season 1 contestant, winner with $1,795,000. Ranked 5th in American game show winnings records.
*Burt ReynoldsEmmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor
*Marcus Roberts — jazz pianist, composer and music professor at Florida State University
*Paul Robinson — former director of Sandia National Laboratories Fact|date=August 2008
*Anika Noni RoseTony Award-winning actress, as Emmie Thibodeaux in "Caroline, or Change"
*Robert SchriefferNobel Laureate, BCS Theory of Superconductivity
*Winston ScottNASA astronaut
*Jeff Shaara — author ("Gods and Generals" and many others)
*Michael ShaaraPulitzer prize-winning author (for "The Killer Angels")
*Richard Simmons — fitness expert
*Charles Kenzie Steele — clergyman and civil rights activist
*Orson Swindle — Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
*T-Pain — hip hop and R&B singer (born Faheem Najm)
*Norman ThagardNASA astronaut, flying on three different U.S. Space Shuttles, and on one Russian mission to the Mir space station.
*Ernest I. Thomas — raiser of the original flag at Iwo Jimacite book|last=van der Vat|first=Dan|coauthors=|year=1991|title=The Pacific Campaign|edition=|publisher=Simon & Schuster|location=|id=ISBN 0-671-73899-2]
*Marion Tinsley — World Checkers Champion 1955-58, 1975-91.
*Butch Trucks (Claude Hudson Trucks) — Drummer, member of the Allman Brothers band
*Steven Tyler — Lead Singer, Aerosmith
*Jeff VanderMeerWorld Fantasy Award-winning author (for the novella "The Transformation of Martin Lake")
*Charlie Ward — 1993 Heisman Trophy winner
*Craig Waters — spokesman for the Florida Supreme Court
*Chris Weinke — 2000 Heisman Trophy winner
*Ellen Taaffe ZwilichPulitzer prize-winning composer (for "Three Movements for Orchestra (Symphony No. 1)")

Notable Tallahassee groups and organizations

*American Legion Sauls-Bridges Post 13 — American Legion post - [http://www.floridalegionpost13.org/ website]
*The Capital Chordsmen - local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society - [http://www.capitalchordsmen.org/ website]
*Cold Water Army — music group
*Creed — music group
*Cream Abdul Babar — music group
*The Crüxshadows — music group
*Daughters of the American Revolution, Caroline Brevard Chapter — [http://fssdarchapters.org/carolinebrevard/ website]
*Dead Prez — Alt Hip Hop Duo
*FAMU Marching 100 — marching band [http://www.famu.edu/oldsite/acad/colleges/cas/music/marching/html/home.html website]
*Florida Disabled Outdoors Association [FDOA] — [http://www.FDOA.org website]
*FSU Marching Chiefs — marching band [http://www.marchingchiefs.fsu.edu/ website]
*Gamelan Hanuman Agung — Balinese gamelan ensemble
*Look Mexico — rock band
*Mayday Parade — music group
*Mira — music group
*No Address — music group
*Shugar Kayne - music group [http://www.ShugarKayne.com/ website]
*Socialburn — rock band
*Springtime Tallahassee — community festival group
*Tallahassee Elks, Lodge 937 — [http://www.tallahasseeelks.org/ website]
*Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra — symphony orchestra [http://www.tsolive.org/ website]
*Woman's Club of Tallahassee
*Tallahassee Apple User Group - Macintosh User Group [http://www.tapple.org/ website]


*CSS Tallahassee - 1864 Confederate cruiser
*USS Tallahassee - 1908 United States Navy monitor originally named USS Florida
*USS Tallahassee - 1941 United States Navy aircraft carrier renamed USS Princeton
*USS Tallahassee (CL-116) - 1944 United States Navy light cruiser
*Tallahassee Community School, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia - [http://www.tcs.ednet.ns.ca/ website]

Tallahassee in popular culture

Tallahassee has been represented well in popular culture through the years in television programs, popular music, film, and the news. It has been referenced by Bing Crosby, and in Stephen King's The Green Mile and the hit television series "Lost" on ABC. Freddy Cannon recorded the hit single "Tallahassee Lassie". The lyrics to Aerosmith's song "Last Child" read: "Take me back to a south Tallahassee/Down cross the bridge to my sweet sassafrassy."

In the early 1980s the movie Something Wild (1986 film) was filmed in Tallahassee and used many FSU students as extras.

In November 2007, the HBO movie Recount was filmed for five days in downtown Tallahassee. The movie featured Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Tom Wilkinson, Dennis Leary, Bob Balaban, John Hurt, and Ed Begley, Jr. It recreated the 36-day controversy over Florida's disputed 2000 presidential election vote. Two of the five days of shooting were inside and directly in front of the Florida Supreme Court Building, where major aspects of the 2000 controversy were decided. Many Tallahasses residents served as extras, and the Rickards High School band was featured in one street scene. The film had its broadcast premiere on May 25, 2008.

ister cities

Tallahassee has five sister cities, as designated by [http://www.sister-cities.org/icrc/directory/usa/FL Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI)] :

*flagicon|Russia Krasnodar, Russia
*flagicon|Ghana Konongo-Odumase, Ghana
*flagicon|Sint Maarten St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
*flagicon|Ireland Sligo, Ireland
*flagicon|Israel Ramat HaSharon, Israel


*Tebeau, Charlton, W. "A History of Florida." University of Miami Press. Coral Gables. 1971
*Williams, John Lee. "Journal of an Expedition to the Interior of West Florida October - November 1823." Manuscript on file at the State Library of Florida, Florida Collection. Tallahassee.

External links

* [http://talgov.com/ Talgov.com (Official website)]
* [http://localconservationboard.org The Local Conservation District - Information on Natural Resources, and Panoramic Tours]
* [http://www.tallahassee.com/ The Tallahassee Democrat Newspaper]
* [http://www.missionsanluis.org/ Mission San Luis]
* [http://www.morethanyouthought.com/ Things to do in Tallahassee]
* [http://www.taltrust.org/select.htm Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation - Places to Discover]
* [http://www.ncl.org/aac/ National Civic League]

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