National Geographic : 1930 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Clifton Adams THE FLORIDA LABORATORY OF A GREAT AMERICAN Thomas Alva Edison in his experimental laboratory near his Fort Myers home. Here the Wizard of Menlo Park and his assistants are searching for a plant with sufficient rubber content for commercial exploitation. Through the window can be seen part of the experimental garden plots in which grow many hundreds of varieties of rubber-bearing plants. Photograph by Richard B. Iloit FORT MYERS WAS A SMALL ARMY POST IN TIIE EARLY INDIAN WARS Occupied about 1841 by American troops, the city was named for Col. Abraham C. Myers, later a distinguished veteran of the Mexican War. Its healthful climate, beautiful farming environment, and excellent fishing attract an ever-growing colony from the North.