The 'believe it or not!' bridge

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The 'believe it or not!' bridge

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Title:
The 'believe it or not!' bridge
Series Title:
Hampton Dunn collection
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;

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Subjects / Keywords:
Bridges -- Florida -- Fort Myers ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Fort Myers (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the dedication of the Thomas E. Edison Bridge, which spans the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 28, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Original Version:
Hampton Dunn collection Box 333 Folder 13
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
002221822 ( ALEPH )
650509345 ( OCLC )
D33-0178 ( USFLDC DOI )
d33.178 ( USFLDC Handle )

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-k09THE 'BELIEVE IT OR NOT!' BRIDGE By HAMPTON DUNN FORT MYERS --February 11th is a big day in this beautiful South Florida city. That's tire birth anniversary of tire great inventor, Thomas A. Edison, who came here in 1886 in search of a suitable filament for the incandescent lamp which he was later to perfect. He didn't find what he was looking for, but he did find a healthy spot to spend 50 winters after that. In 1931, the folks here chose Edison's birthday to cut the ribbons and dedicate a shiny new bridge across the Caloosahatchee River and named the Thomas A. Edison Bridge. Edison himself was on hand for the gala occasion and sliced the ribbons. (He died in October that year.) Members of the State Road Board at the time were Robert W. Bentley, chairman, W. A. Shands, B. R. Graham, George B. Hills and Mallie Martin. The excitement died down and travelers enjoyed using the new span. In 1935, the nationally-syndicated cartoonist, Robert L. Ripley, pointed out in his famous feature an oversight about the Thomas A. Edison Bridge: Though dedicated to the inventor of light, the span had no lights on it! Forthwith, the City of Fort Myers contracted with Florida Power & Light Co. to put up lights, and quick. They were installed in November, 1937. Reminded the people that back in 1889, Edison had offered the City street lights; he would furnish the wire, bulbs and current if the community would furnish the poles. It wouldn't, and Edison didn't. Some old timers said that fire couldn't be sent across wires. Besides, the bright illumination would scare the cattle away!

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