Submitted by Hitty Gale
Florida is called the Sunshine State because the sun is almost always shining.
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.
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.
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.
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!