Tallahassee: How Much Do You Know About the State Capital?
by Jennifer Jordan
Florida’s state capital is often overlooked. With professional sports teams in Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay, and world famous theme parks in Orlando, it’s hard for Tallahassee to make its mark. Nonetheless, Florida’s center is a city rich with the soils of the past, and enough interesting facts to fill the Everglades. Take our quiz to see how much you know about Tallahassee.
1. What year did Tallahassee become Florida’s state capital?
d. 23 A.D.
2. In 1841, Francis W. Eppes became the first mayor of Tallahassee. Who was his grandfather?
a. George Washington
b. James Madison
c. Thomas Jefferson
d. Bill Clinton
3. During the Civil War, what notable fact did Tallahassee hold?
a. It was the hometown of the most Civil War generals
b. It was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not captured by Union forces
c. It was the only southern city that was neutral
d. It was host to an Abe Lincoln impersonation contest
4. What school was established in Tallahassee in 1931?
a. Florida State University
b. The University of Florida
c. The Lively Vocational Technical School
d. Harvard University
5. In 1956, two students from Florida A&M University were arrested for what?
a. They disrupted a campus visit by the President
b. They refused to give up their bus seats to a white passenger
c. They were caught selling secrets to the Russians
d. Underage drinking
6. In 1978, what serial killer came to Tallahassee and rented a room under the names Chris Hagen and Ken Misner?
a. Charles Manson
b. John Wayne Gacy
c. Ted Bundy
d. Jack the Ripper
7. Tallahassee is the Florida city with the lowest temperature ever recorded. What was it?
a. -2 degrees Fahrenheit
b. 32 degrees Fahrenheit
c. 25 degrees Fahrenheit
d. 85 degrees Fahrenheit
8. What fitness guru has been known to call Tallahassee home?
a. Richard Simmons
b. Jane Fonda
c. Tony Little
d. Jarrod from Subway
9. What famous singer recorded a song called Tallahassee with the Andrews Sisters?
a. Elvis Presley
b. Bing Crosby
c. Carole King
10. Which of the following is one of Tallahassee’s sister cities?
a. Sydney, Australia
b. Alberta, Canada
c. Krasnodar, Russia
d. Tallahassee is an only child
Answers: 1. a. 1824; 2. c. Thomas Jefferson; 3. b. It was the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not captured by union forces; 4. c. The Lively Vocational Technical School; 5. b. They refused to give up their bus seats to a white passengers; 6. c. Ted Bundy; 7. a. -2 degrees Fahrenheit; 8. a. Richard Simmons; 9. b. Bing Crosby; 10. c. Krasnodar, Russia.
See how you did:
9-10 correct: You are a Tallahassee genius. Very Talla-sassy!
6-8 correct: Nice job. You might not be the major of Tallahassee knowledge, but you could probably be a cabinet member.
3-5 correct: Well, at least you know enough to not go around saying Miami is the capital of Florida.
Less than 3: Yikes. You should learn more, if it’s not too much of a Talla-hassle.