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This type of medina cut-stone block pavement was used on Erie streets in the eighteen hundreds before either asphalt or concrete.
Rescued and Rebuilt
Time had taken its toll on the Land Lighthouse since the federal government decommissioned the beacon and ordered the lantern room removed and sent to a lighthouse in Ohio in 1899.
In 2003, the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Por…
First lighthouse of wood
Contracted 1812 Operational 1813
Second lighthouse of brick
Current lighthouse of Berea sandstone
Complete restoration by
Fiske and Sons, Inc.
Fourth Generation Company
By virtue of a natural harbor considered the best on the lake, Erie first rose to prominence in the 19th century as a maritime center, in addition to shipbuilding and fishing, Erie's docks served as a hub of travel and trade.
In 1812-1813, six …
The black and white lighthouse on the north pier of the channel to Presque Isle Bay has guided mariners since 1858. Its cast iron was forged in France and replaced a wooden beacon that was destroyed by a schooner in a 1857 storm. No other survivin…
It is said that Manitou, the Great Spirit, led his favorite children, the Erie tribe, to the shores of this great inland sea where they fished its waters, hunted, and tilled the field.
As the Eries ventured into the lake to find the place where…
Captain John Bone
James W. Miles/Isabella Miles
Gen. James Fleming
Authorized by Congress in 1812, the first lighthouse at this site was completed in 1818, 200 feet west of the present lighthouse. Structural instability led to construction of a new 56-foot brick tower in 1858. This tower proved unstable due to sa…
This historical park was rededicated in 2011 in the memory of James N. Thompson, four-term Erie City Councilman, citizen advocate, businessman and founding member of the Friends of the Poor.
Jim served as City Council President in 2002, 2004,…
The seascape from the bluffs is essentially unchanged from the 1700's. Presque Isle Peninsula forms a lush green background and protects the bay from Lake Erie, which is visible on the horizon. Early sailors declared Erie's protected natural harbo…