Fort Myers City of Palms

Submitted by Hitty Gale

Florida is called the Sunshine State because the sun is almost always shining. 

Visiting the Uncommon Friends Fountain in Centennial Park Fort Myers  Florida
Visiting the Uncommon Friends Fountain in Centennial Park Fort Myers  Florida

I live in the city of Fort Myers in Lee County Florida.  The Caloosahatchee River (hatchee is the Caloosa Indians name for river) and the Gulf of Mexico converge at Fort Myers.

Downtown on the Caloosahatchee River

Golfing, fishing, boating and beaches along with shopping along the Tamiami Trail and Interstate 75, make Fort Myers a busy place.  The Tamiami Trail opened in 1928 and linked Tampa and Miami by road.  It is pronounced “Tammy-Ammy”.

We call Northerners who “fly South” for the winter Snowbirds.  Some of my best friends are Snowbirds and I miss them when they return home in the Spring.

Buffalo Soldiers Monument

Fort Myers was established as a military fort and was named after Col. Abraham C. Myers.  During the Civil War, a regiment of Buffalo Soldiers fought during the Battle of Fort Myers in 1865.  Native Americans named the African Americans “Buffalo Soldiers” because of their hair. A monument in Centennial Park honors their service.

Uncommon Friends Fountain

Fort Myers was greatly influenced by Thomas Edison and his friends Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.  Seminole Lodge and The Mangoes are the winter homes of Edison and Ford and are located in Fort Myers on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.  Both homes have been completely restored and are open for tours.

The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins make Fort Myers their spring training home. Higher education needs are served by Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison College, Hodges University and others.  The Barbara B Mann  Cultural Arts Hall brings in big name performers from around the world.

When you visit Fort Myers, be prepared to have a good time!

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  1. Keep telling that history; read some great military history.

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, and visit website

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