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 was installed in 1909 and used until a Pyrene system and chemical extinguishers were placed at the Estate in 1919.
In 1919 a large concrete cistern (40,000 gallons) was built to capture
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. Touch for map. The marker is inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker); Edisonís “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Clara Fordís Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to this marker); 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.)
Categories. • Environment • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 33 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.