Thomas Edison was just 38 years old when he decided to spend his winter in Fort Myers in 1886 to shake off a lingering illness. His impact over Fort Myers is well documented. Thomas Edison quickly decided to purchase 14 acres on the river side off McGregor and the next year he was joined by his wife Minnie Miller Edison. The sleepy town was thrust into the limelight with such luminaries as Firestone, Henry Ford and launched into a tourist destination.
It has been almost 100 years since Thomas Edison decided to make Fort Myers his own winter retreat and build a classical Florida home along McGregor:
Thomas Edison & Ford Winter Estates . Since then this renowned area near 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers 33901 is known as the Fort Myers Edison Park, Dean Park and otjhers and part of Fort Myers Historical District. And yes living in such an area is affordable.
Fort Myers owes much to Edison and Ford. Among a few: he was the first to have a swimming pool in 1910, electric light bulbs of course, the beautifying of Fort Myers with the majestic royal palms along our boulevards, ergo the name the City Of Palms,exotic and glorious plants, ….and above all with Ford they put Fort Myers on the map for good.Surprisingly living next to Thomas Edison’s home cost much less then one would think: Fort Myers Historical District homes for sale
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