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Tallahassee’s Lively Building

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Back in the years 1892 -1904, The Lively Building was the location of The Leon Bar, a rough hang out for Florida Cracker Cowboys. The Florida Cracker nickname actually came from the days of the Florida Cowboy and from the sound of their cracking whips.

The Cowboys enjoyed their whiskey, and occasionally too much of a good thing led to mischief and even murder.

In 1904 the city finally had to pass an ordinance outlawing the sale of alcohol within city limits, ultimately putting The Leon out of business.

It is said, though, that some of The Leon’s cracker customers enjoyed the hang out so much that they decided to reside there forever, and rumor has it that the spirits of the cowboys linger around on-premises of their favorite hang out to this very day.

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