Thomas Edison Congregational Church Fort Myers, Florida.

Currently, Thomas Edison Congregational Church is located at 1619 Llellyn Drive, Fort Myers Florida. The church was founded in 1925 by O.T. Anderson. Initially, services were held at the Ritz Theater and later the ArcadianTheater.

     The first church building was built in 1925.  It was located a block from McGregor. The first floor served as the church. The pastor’s residence was on the.second floor.  The building that served as the first church still exists as a private residence at 1462 Alhambra, Fort Myers.

First Church Building Congregational Church 1462 Alhambra Drive, Fort Myers

First Church Building Congregational Church 1462 Alhambra Drive Fort Myers, Florida

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     In 1930, money was raised to purchase lots.for a new church building at 1619 Llellyn Drive. This was built on 4 lots.  First services in this new location were November 1, 1931. Members of the congregation included Thomas Edison and wife, Henry Whitcomb and Robbie Newton.

Thomas Edison Congregational Church  1619 Llellyn Drive, Fort Myers, Florida

Thomas Edison Congregational Church 1619 Llellyn Drive, Fort Myers

Thomas Edison Congregational Church 1619 Llellyn Drive Fort Myers Florida

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    In 1964, the name of the church was changed to Thomas Edison Congregational Church. In 1980, the church joined the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.  The church is self governing.  This means the duties and responsibilities are shared by all members.

GreenĀ  Flash Restaurant 15183 Captiva Dr. Captiva, Fl.

Green Flash Restauran     

   The Green Flash Restaurant is located at 15183 Captiva Drive, Captive Island Florida.  The property on which it is located formerly was the site of Timothy’s Nook. This was a historic watering hole.  It was frequented by natives and tourists.  The Nook operated for 40 years.  The property was purchased from the Wiles Family.

Green Flash Restaurant

Green Flash Restaurant

Green Flash Restaurant

Outdoor Seating

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Indoor Seating

Boating Dock Note Pelicans

Boating Dock Note Pelicans

Wes Nott Memorial Fort Myers, Florida

Wes Nott Memorial Statue

     The Wes Nott Memorial is located at the North East Corner of the Fort Myers Campus of Lee Memorial Hospital. Its address is 2610 South Cleveland Avenue. It is a broad concrete court  yard dominated by a wide circular fountain punctuated at the far right end by a v shaped balustrade against which leans a life sized statue of swim coach Wes Nott.  The site is the approximate location of the former Wes Nott pool.

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     Wes Nott was the legendary swim.coach.of Fort Myers High School.  During his career, he touched the lives of approximately 8, 000 students.

Fountain

     The life sized statue of Wes Nott is cold cast aluminum.  It was commissioned by Fort Myers Beautification Advisory Board. It was cast in North Fort Myers by sculpture D. J. Wilkens. The railing that the statue is leaning on is similar to the one on the original swimming pool.

The memorial was dedicated on July 14, 2020.  Thanks was offered to the Lee Memorial Auxiliary for contributions to the beautificarion of Wes Nott Park.

    Over the years, the sculpture, pool, and fountain has fallen into disrepair.  Under the supervision of Chris-Tel Construction, renovation began in 2018.  Renovation of the sculpture was handled by Rosa Low inter and Associates.

Edison Park Fort Myers, Florida

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Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School

Edison Park School Fort Myers, Florida Sign

Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School. Fort Myers, Florida.

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Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School Fort Myers, Florida

Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School. Fort Myers, Florida

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Thomas Edison Congregational Church 1619 Llellyn Drive, Fort Myers, Florida

Thomas Edison Congregational Church 1619 Llellyn Drive Fort Myers, Florida

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Lions Park, Fort Myers, Florida

Playground Lions Park

Lion Statue

Memorial Plaque

Dedication Plaque

Soccer Field Lions Park

Home in Edison Park on Llellyn  Drive

1943 L& N Railroad Coaling Tower on State Line Flomaton, Alabama

L & N Railroad Coaling Tower on State Line  Flomaton, Alabama

     Flomaton, Alabama is a small town located on the Alabama Florida Border.  Its population is approximately 1400.  It is the area where there was a junction of multiple lines of the L & N Railroad.

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     Recently, it was announced by CSX Railroad (the successor of the L & N Railroad) that a historic structure in the train yard was scheduled to be taken down.  Specifically, a coaling tower built in 1943 was scheduled for demolition.

L & N Railroad Calling Tower Flomaton, Alabama

     Coaling towers were structures common in the age of steam engines.   They were used to accomplish fueling of steam engines with coal.

     The author recently visited area coaling towers in Michigan City, Indiana and New Buffalo, Michigan.

L & N Railroad Logo on Coal Tower Flomaton, Alabama

L & N Railroad Coal Tower Note the Construction Date 1943.

Old Coaling Tower, Pere Marquette Railroad, New Buffalo, Michigan

Michigan Central Railroad Coaling Tower, Michigan City, Indiana

New Pass Bridge

John Ringling Causeway Bridge

John Ringling Causeway Bridge