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THE PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE – – -Changes and improvements – -Part II

Posted: June 7, 2017 9:17 am

One of the very first projects on the lighthouse renovation agenda was a safety related item.  Ever since I can remember, the wrought-iron rail around the top of the tower consisted of just a single rail attached to eight upright posts. It was a straightforward design to be sure.  And, in fact, it worked quite… View Article


THE PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE – – -Changes and improvements for the transition of Erie’s number one Historical Treasurer – – Part I

Posted: May 27, 2017 9:29 am

  It all started in 1870, when many of the leading citizens of Erie and mariners using the harbor suggested that a new lighthouse was needed to safely guide ships to the protected Erie harbor.   When this was first proposed, it sounded quite simple: build a better-located new lighthouse on Presque Isle.  It did not… View Article


THE GREAT LAKES – – PART I

Posted: April 5, 2017 6:43 am

  Seen from above by one of NASA’s mapping satellites, the Great Lakes can be viewed covering a huge area that runs from New York State to the far reaches of Minnesota. The Great Lakes, from its western most point near Duluth, Minnesota, to the eastern most point at Kingston, Ontario, is over 1,100 miles… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE “TIDBITS AND HISTORY.” # 2

Posted: December 18, 2016 7:51 pm

Here is a continuation of my Presque Isle “Tidbits and History.”  I am amazed at how much in the way of comments, calls and some new information I received from the first article.  Here’s a thanks to Curt B. for tidbit number 1 in this issue.   There were seven steam powered passenger vessels serving… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE HISTORY AND TID-BITS #3

Posted: December 9, 2016 9:07 am

  The Presque Isle Light Station tower was originally left brick until 1899 when the tower was white washed at the request of Sea Captains out on Lake Erie. This was done to make it visible during daylight hours.  It was found that the brick color blended into the onshore trees surrounding the lighthouse. Lake… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT STATION – – – UP-DATE 2016

Posted: November 16, 2016 10:59 am

The Presque Isle Light Station had over  30,000 visitors tour the lighthouse over the season from the end of May to September 30.   In addition, many stopped before and after hours just to view the lighthouse and take photographs.  It was a great season during a fantastic Erie summer.   Seems a bit strange to say… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE TIDBITS AND HISTORY

Posted: October 8, 2016 8:18 am

Here is a short compilation of historical tidbits about Presque Isle and Presque Isle Bay.  I have compiled this list over a number of years. And it now is 45 items long and growing quickly.  I thought readers might find some of them interesting. In 1754, the French, from the fort on the mainland, built… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE – – PART III

Posted: July 30, 2016 6:11 pm

      One of the most important jobs of a light keeper was to know all about and adjust the Ball Ventilator.   In the evening the keeper would climb to the lectern room and check the wind direction and speed.   Then he would adjust the vents to allow just enough draft into the lantern… View Article


PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE

Posted: July 18, 2016 7:57 am

  When proposed, it sounded quite simple.   Build a better located new lighthouse on Presque Isle to make it safer to sail Lake Erie and to make entry into the Erie harbor easier for mariners.   Congress had approved a budget; plans were drawn.  A specific location on Presque Isle was chosen and bid information sent… View Article


MY TWO NEW BOOKS ARE OUT!!

Posted: June 16, 2016 1:17 pm

            After two years of research, hard work, and writing, writing and editing my two new books have been released by the publishers.  History Press will officially release “Pennsylvania LIGHTHOUSES on LAKE ERIE” ON Monday, June 20, and Arcadia Publishing will release “Images of Modern America – Presque Isle State Park” on the same day. … View Article


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