I think we’ve always had delusions of grandeur in our quirky little town, and this was even before the Gators finally brought home their first national championship.
Consider what Carl Webber predicted in his 1883 work “Eden Of The South”: “Gainesville is the largest and most important city in the state, excepting Jacksonville, Pensacola and Key West,” he wrote.
Webber further pointed out that Florida’s growing network of railroads “will all touch and connect with Gainesville, which must eventually become the railroad center of the state.”
And that’s not all. Heck, our immodest Hogtown “by its particular central position on the great peninsula, is destined to become, by actual necessity and convenience, the most important city in the state.”
Therefore, “by reason of this gradually admitted fact…Gainesville must err long be made the capital of the state,” Webber reasoned. “It can today be reached quicker and at less expense from all parts of the state, than any other city in Florida.”
And this when only about 4,000 souls lived from here. Probably would have been more here but for that darned yellow fever.
Admittedly, we’re running a bit behind in our race to capital glory. But, listen, we’re talking the inevitable here.
So dry up and die, Tallahassee. Sink back into the sea, Miami. Go to Georgia, Jax. You can’t stop us.
We’re (going to be) No. 1! We’re (going to be) No. 1!
Can I get an amen?
Oh, wait. Does that mean that Republican governors and Republican legislators will come here to do their bidness’?
Oh never mind. Keep ‘em Tallahassee.