History

The Time I Stole the Governor’s Dog

It was a summer afternoon in 1930 when I stole the governor’s dog. I tried to convince myself that the dog followed me home, so it wasn’t really stealing. But I was a seven-year-old Sunday school boy, and I knew…

Airtime Tallahassee

Original print date: Winter 1982 Tallahassee may not be the biggest media market in the state (Nielson ranks it 135th in the nation), but it still has a variety of radio and TV stations to entertain and inform its residents.…

When Life Centered On Downtown

Downtown Curbside Market in the 1910s, located where City Hall is today Original print date: Nov/Dec 1997 The son of a physician and a physician himself, George Saxon Palmer watched Tallahassee grow from a sleepy little town of 5,637 in 1920…

The Legacy of Two Tallahasssee Families

Original print date: Spring 1987 The names of some of Tallahassee’s most familiar landmarks can be traced to two patriarchs who came here in the early 1800s. Betton Hills, Meginnis Arm (the road name is spelled with one “s”) Lively…

The Year We Almost Lost the Panhandle

Original print date: Spring 1984 There once was a year in which Alabama offered to buy Florida’s Panhandle — and Florida almost agreed to sell! It was in 1869 that representatives of Alabama and Florida actually signed a cession agreement…

The Search for Truth Keeps Local Legends Alive

Original print date: May/Jun 1995 It was a time of conjecture and even mystery. Strange words like “scoria,” “ash,” “pumice” and even “volcano” seemed to hang on every lip. All eyes strained toward the southeast where, some 30 miles distant…

Legends and Lore of North Florida

Original print date: Fall 1984 When folklorist J. Russell Reaver talks of the legends and lore of North Florida, nature listens. A thunderstorm appeared just minutes into an interview at his Tallahassee home. Then the power went off, shrouding his…

How Midtown Became An Urban Dreamscape

Original print date: Jan/Feb 2005 In our search for an ideal community, there’s no need to go to the drawing board. In the heart of Tallahassee, the area now called Midtown is what urban planners strive to create: a living,…

Names of Downtown Parks Reflect City’s History

Original print date: Spring 1983 Can you name all seven of Tallahassee’s downtown parks? If so, you’re unusual. Many people don’t realize that there are seven parks, or that each is named for an individual. Originally the strip that encompasses…