Thomas Edison, Ford, Florida discussed on Lars Larson
Back to Lars Larsen show it's a pleasure to be with you we will get your phone calls and emails we try to supply honestly provocative talk for the United States of America and Jeff Guinn is join me is the author of almost two dozen books most recently the vagabonds the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's ten your road trip so on these road trips I I want you to tell me this what's the worst thing that happened to Ford and Addison and Firestone. I can tell you first thing that happened because it happened to me when I was doing my research on now their first trip in nineteen fourteen they didn't plan out too well. Edison had the state in fort Myers Florida west coast of Florida where he and his family would spend winters and this was still sort of the frontier. the east coast of Florida is pretty will build up Lisco still rough and primitive there's no roads linking the two coast. Ford comes down to stay brings his friend John Burroughs the naturalist and his wife Claire. the state would be a distance and this is where the first get the idea let's get more cars and go out for an adventure and they decide with they're going to do is drive their cars into the Everglades form please understand we are talking. swap the kind of place you would today take a four wheel drive with big fat tires and and you to have a winch and your idea of your triple a card your cell phone yeah and now there's a nice big highway street through the middle with with wire fence on either side to keep the Gators alligator alley I've driven it myself well the thing is there was sort of a little experimental rotational did try to go to go in on nineteen fourteen remember and they're in a couple model cheese and they try to go in there and make it stuck in a monsoon in the Everglades.