Just recently I drove along the McGregor Blvd in Fort Myers, FL. What a beautiful street Thomas Edison lived on. If you drive into the smaller side streets you see vast amounts of old, big trees. Small and quiet streets with lush tropical gardens. Beautiful old and new homes. Of course, if you head towards the Caloosahatchee River you find gorgeous homes with an unbelievable view. Some lakes in Europe (and elsewhere for that matter) are smaller than that rivers width.
But even if you turn away from those multi-million dollar homes in Fort Myers McGregor Blvd area, you find gems of all kinds.
Take your time and drive around all those small and beautiful street. Most homes from the 50’s and 60’s. and the trees have the same age! That’s probably what makes this area so beautiful. Big, old, shadow spreading trees. Hundreds and hundreds of them. Don’t get me wrong – I do love palms. That’s one reason I moved to Florida. But nothing can beat good old trees.
The neighborhood is very quiet and sometimes gives you the opinion of walking through a park.
At the same time, you are close to the great down town area of Fort Myers. Many great art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and bars in this recently overhauled hang-out area.
Walking through the magnificent Edison-Ford museum, you get an impression how Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone where shaping the future out of Fort Myers. Interestingly enough, Edison back then was not researching in the electricity area but rather in rubber. That’s right: rubber. Thanks to Ford’s overwhelming success in the car business, the US where the single biggest importer for rubber for car tires. Edison was looking to find a way to have rubber plants domesticated and hence, be more independent from the imports. Definitely a topic Harvey Firestone was interested in.
It’s also said, that they planted most of the great royal palms at the McGregor Blvd. there must be several hundreds.
Anyhow, next time you are around this beautiful area, make sure to visit the museum and walk around the great neighborhoods.
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