Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas Alva Edison
February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931
During his remarkable career, Edison was awarded 1,093 United States patents and is the only person granted a patent every year for 65 consecutive years. His purpose for invention was to “transform middle class life.” He discovered an astounding number of commercial applications for ordinary materials and agricultural products. Although his favorite invention was the phonograph, his work spanned improvements to the telegraph, light bulb, generator and motors, movie-making, batteries, cement, and a domestic source of rubber, one of his primary research focuses in southwest Florida.
From his first visit in 1885 to his last stay in Fort Myers in 1931, Edison created a remarkable estate that included areas for his research, as well as family and social actives. His love of Florida included pastimes like fishing, boating, reading,
Edison's famous quote, “there is only one Fort Myers and soon 90 million Americans will discover it” has proven true, for thousands of national, international and Florida residents visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates every year.
This statue of Thomas Edison was donated by Estates patron Darilyn Alderman and created by sculptor D.J. Wilkins in 2004.
Location. 26° 38.024′ N, 81° 52.782′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the left when traveling south. The marker is standing next to a tree near the Edison Museum & Ticket Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, 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. Mina Miller Edison (here, next to this marker); Edison Heritage Garden (here, next to this marker); Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) (here, next to this marker); Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (about 300 feet Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (about 300 feet away); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (about 300 feet away); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 23, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 23, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. 11. submitted on October 23, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.