“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

First Street, Fort Myers

First Street Fort Myres Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Teague, July 14, 2018
1. First Street Fort Myres Marker
Inscription.  Fort Myers, like many South Florida communities, developed during the last half of the 19th century. First Street (once called Front Street) became the heart of the new town, In 1866, Manuel A, Gonzalez and Joseph Vivas took up residence at the recently abandoned fort. Arrival of other settlers led to the establishment in 1876 of a post office and the incorporation in 1885 of the community of 349 persons. First Street, then a sandy trail, appeared on the 1876 town survey plat and continued to occupy a central position in Fort Myers. A church, Phoenix Hall (the town social center), and the Keystone Hotel, which first welcomed Thomas Edison in 1886, stood along its route. Railroad construction and tourism contributed significantly to the growth of South Florida towns. Street light electrification in 1898 reflected progress in Fort Myers. Shortly after 1900, First Street was paved with shell which eased the way for tourists and automobiles. Modern buildings replaced frame structures along First Street, symbolizing the onset of the 1920's era of rapid growth, The first royal palms were planted in the City of Palms in 1897. Palm-lined First Street has continued to embody the appeal or sub-tropical Florida.
Erected 1977 by Nicholas Meriwether Chapter, National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century and Department of State. (Marker Number F-280.)
Location. 26° 38.678′ N, 81° 52.153′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on First Street (State Road 80) south of Jackson Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buckingham and Page Army Air Fields (approx. ľ mile away); Alderman House (approx. half a mile away); Edison Park School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (approx. one mile away); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (approx. one mile away); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (approx. one mile away); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (approx. one mile away); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2019, by Mark Teague of North Fort Myres, Florida. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on March 24, 2019, by Mark Teague of North Fort Myres, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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