Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edisonís Water Systems
By 1887 Edison provided water to the Caretakerís House via a windmill, which pumped water from the well to a storage tank perched on a tower. At the same time, a water tank was placed at the first lab to provide the water that ran the steam boiler for the electricity-producing generator. It is also believed that cisterns were located at both houses.
In 1902 Edison began to create an extensive and formal water system for the property. A well was dug next to the lab to provide a more direct route for water to power the steam boiler. Between 1903 and 1908 several other well/elevated tank/pumping systems were placed around the Caretakerís House. Two artesian wells were dug. Pipes were laid all around the grounds to provide water for the homes for domestic use as well as food crop irrigation. A sprinkler system was also installed to maintain an improved Florida garden. A fire sandpipe system
In 1919 a large concrete cistern (40,000 gallons) was built to capture rainwater for drinking only. By 1929 city water was hooked up to riverside property. However, a new system incorporating the old deep well and a rainwater tank with a grid for drainage ditches was constructed on the east property to supply water for Edison Botanic Research project.
Location. 26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. The marker is inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 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. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on November 6, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.