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Why Seven Hills?

From Allen Morris' 
Florida Handbook


The site of Tallahassee was chosen in 1823 as the seat of government of the recently formed Territory of Florida. In that year, John Lee Williams, of Pensacola, and Dr. W. H. Simmons, of St. Augustine, were named commissioners to select a permanent seat of government at some point between the Ochlockonee and Suwannee Rivers. They met late in October on the Ochlockonee River, near St. Marks. Dr. Simmons, who had made the trip from St. Augustine overland, had already noted that the high lands south of Lake Miccosukee "would form an eligible situation for a town," a view in which Williams readily concurred. "A more beautiful country can scarcely be imagined," wrote the latter; "it is high, rolling, and well watered."

From HHDesign's
Florida History Page


The city of Tallahassee is sometimes referred to as the "City of Seven Hills." Tallahasee, like most of Florida, is rather flat, not hilly. An 1885 map of Tallahassee may provide a clue as to how this moniker came to be applied. This map illustrates downtown Tallahassee as being on a single hill. There were seven major arteries leading into Tallahassee and so to approach the city every from any direction, one would have to travel up a hill. Thus, the "City of Seven Hills."