Thomas Edison: The Fort Myers Connection

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Thomas Edison's love affair with the growing frontier town of Fort Myers, Florida is a little-known, but intriguing part of the Edison legacy. The man whose inventions changed the world and defined the future course of American life first visited the young and still untamed town in 1885, purchasing a winter residence known as Seminole Lodge that he and his family would use until his death in 1931. His Fort Myers home subsequently provided the setting for the many notables who would visit Edison, including automobile magnate Henry Ford, rubber baron Harvey S. Firestone, and writer and naturalist John Burroughs. Today, the Edisons' mutual bonds with the community are perhaps the defining feature of Fort Myers' history. The city has named numerous streets and public venues, its community college, a mile-long bridge, and its major shopping mall after Edison, and Fort Myers has recognized the annual Edison Festival of Light and Pageant as its premier social and winter events. Because of Edison's long association with Southwest Florida, his memory and persona hold an unparalleled significance for the entire region.
ISBN: 9780738513690
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In Thomas Edison: The Fort Myers Connection, author Irvin D. Solomon, a professor of history and Southwest Florida Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, has gathered vintage images and material from the largely unresearched archives of the Edison-Ford Winter Estates historical site. This extensively researched and illustrated history not only examines the largely overlooked years in which pioneering inventor Thomas Edison spent his winters and worked in Fort Myers, but also illuminates the unique city that he came to love.
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