Live Oak, Florida

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Live Oak is a city in Suwannee County, Florida. The city is the county seat of Suwannee County[3] and is located east of Tallahassee, Florida. The population was 6,480 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,828 [1].

U.S. Highway 90, U.S. Highway 129 and Interstate 10 are major highways running through Live Oak.

One other Florida county also has a community named Live Oak, which is located in Washington County.

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History

There is a lot of debating when it comes to the accurate date of when Live Oak was founded. Nobody really knows for there are no recorded dates. But there are some artifacts which lead to the debating. It averages between 1850 and 1875. The town started out as a resting area for the railroad workers of the late 19th century. The railroad workers would stop and eat out by a fully grown water oak. Eventually, everyone started to like the place so some of the engineers and workers started to build houses. After the houses came, then the businesses and by 1885, we have ourselves a town. The city was almost completely built and designed by one man, Thomas Dowling. He built and designed the courthouse, water tower, sewage system, water lines, and the famous Dowling house (a.k.a. The Grace Manor Restaurant). Florida Memorial University, an HBCU, which is currently located in Miami, Florida was founded in Live Oak, Florida through Baptist associations around 1879.

Geography

Live Oak is located at 30°17′40″N 82°59′09″W / 30.294570°N 82.985931°W / 30.294570; -82.985931.[4] Live Oak is located within Suwannee County, which is surrounded on three sides by the Suwannee River made famous by Stephen Foster.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.96 square miles (18.0 km2), all land.

The land mass of Suwannee County sits on a limestone bed riddled with underground freshwater streams that surface in dozens of beautiful springs. This phenomenon, known as "Karst topography", gives the area a local supply of renewable fresh water and abundant sources of fishing. It is also known as a world class cave diving site for SCUBA enthusiasts.

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