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Old 07-08-2007, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Why is Tallahassee the capitol of Florida when its located in the remote area of the panhandle of the state? It seems that it would be more logistical and economical for the state capitol to be more centralized in the state.
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Old 07-08-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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state capitols were established a long time ago--some of them never really took off. I doubt most people would go for changing it at this point though.
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Old 07-08-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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Why is Tallahassee the capitol of Florida when its located in the remote area of the panhandle of the state? It seems that it would be more logistical and economical for the state capitol to be more centralized in the state.
If I remember my Florida history I think St. Augustine was the capital at one time.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:11 PM
 
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Tallahassee is the capital because it was the site where spanish conquistadores settled down when they displaced the Apalachee indians in the 1600's. In the 1970's there was consideration to moving the state capital to Orlando, closer to the more urban areas of the state and its better off financial centers. However it was quickly turned down and that's when Tallahassee started constructing new government buildings. I think Tallahassee belongs on a whole different state from the rest of FL, it is more like GA or AL. South of Gainesville is a different FL.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:30 PM
 
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For some reason I heard that Tallahassee became the Capitol because back when nobody really lived in South Florida, the major cities were Jacksonville and St. Augustine and Pensacola. "Legend" has it that they were debating where to have the capitol, so they picked a between St. Augustine and Pensacola.

There WAS a move by a representative or Senator from Orlando to move the capital to Orlando decades back (60s I think), but that proposition was defeated and today in the State House there is a tongue-in-cheek plaque on the wall "dedicated" to the guy for his efforts! A new state house was built in the 70s to kinda "cement" Tallahassee as the location, and unfortunately its pretty ugly (as are most buildings from the 70s!)
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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St.Augustine and Pensacola were dual goverment centers.
They would have alternating sessions at each city.
When they got tired of doing this they chose Tallahassee as the Capitol because it was the midway point between the other 2.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:33 PM
 
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Tallahassee is the capital because it was the site where spanish conquistadores settled down when they displaced the Apalachee indians in the 1600's. In the 1970's there was consideration to moving the state capital to Orlando, closer to the more urban areas of the state and its better off financial centers. However it was quickly turned down and that's when Tallahassee started constructing new government buildings. I think Tallahassee belongs on a whole different state from the rest of FL, it is more like GA or AL. South of Gainesville is a different FL.
Years ago there would have been no reason for it to be any more south, there was nothing down her but alligators and misquotes and they would never change now. My brother-in-law works in Florida government and when he was recruited from NY he didn't know if he wanted to make the move. After 10 years of living in Tallahassee he wouldn't want to live anywhere else. If they told him he had to live in Orlando, I think he would quit.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:37 PM
 
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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There are obviously many reasons for Tallahassee being the capitol of Florida, however remoteness is only an issue for those who live south of Tallahassee. It's nearer to the border of other states which makes it easier for the governor and other FL leaders to evacuate and travel to the other states. If FL were like the other states which are surrounded by other states, it would make more sense for it to be in the center. But, it's not. FL is surrounded by water on three sides.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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Default Tallahassee Picture From 1885

Here is an interesting image of Tallahassee from back in the day, amazing how fast these cities develop, is a big thing to change the capital from Tallahassee, would cause big political problems.



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