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Posted: March 19, 2016 9:16 am

  With its numerous lakefront, bayfront, beach and water-based recreational amenities plus its many other educational and recreational opportunities, our park has long been recognized as one of Pennsylvania State Parks’ crown jewels. Presque Isle attracts over 4.2 million visitors annually. They come from the local region, the rest of the United States and abroad…. View Article


Posted: February 8, 2016 10:50 am

It opened to big crowds on February 1 and had a full house of visitors on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6th. It’s a wonderful exhibit on the second floor exhibit hall at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Visitors were quick to realize that Lake Erie’s richest history lies 60 feet under the waters near our Presque Isle… View Article


Posted: November 19, 2013 2:49 pm

The Presque Isle Lighthouse was commissioned in 1870 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service to replace the older Erie Light Station (commonly called Erie Land Lighthouse).  Construction began in September 1872.    Work was suspended on the lighthouse on December 8, 1872, owing to the winter weather.  In the first three month of construction, the masonry of… View Article

A BIT OF PRESQUE ISLE HISTORY – -The Marine Hospital of Pennsylvania

Posted: October 22, 2013 11:01 am

      The following is from my book—“A History of Presque Isle—As told Through Conversations with the Parks Legendry Hermit Joe Root.”   “Ya said we wuz gonna talk a while ’bout something they called the Marine Hospital.  Them boys at Reeds told me that they wuz the folks who screwed up the peninsula… View Article

A HISTORY OF PRESQUE ISLE – – New book has arrived

Posted: May 11, 2013 9:30 am

After 2 1/2 years of research, writing, correcting and more writing, my new book was released by the publisher over three weeks ago.    The books have  been available through  Bookstore.iuniverse,, Barnes & and since April 23.     Now they have arrived in both soft and hard back printed versions right here in Erie.    I will have… View Article


Posted: April 26, 2013 8:56 am

    A bit over two years ago I set out on the task of writing a book that would tell the story and history of Presque Isle State Park, and as I soon found out, its history is intertwined with the early days of the City and County of Erie.    One of the first… View Article


Posted: February 22, 2013 8:48 am

As unusual as it may seem, for nearly 18 months Presque Isle was the home of a gallows. The gallows was borrowed from the City of Pittsburgh. It was used in a special emergency on Presque Isle. No, don’t worry, the only hangings on this particular gallows were the hanging of two whale oil-burning lanterns…. View Article

HO HO HO – – Time to visit the Nature Shop at TREC

Posted: December 13, 2012 3:32 pm

  If you have never stopped in to the “Nature Shop” at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Christmas 2012 is the time to do it.   The shop, run by The Presque Isle Partnership, is a first class operation.  Manager Sally Leubin and her crew make sure QUALITY is the key at the shop. From art… View Article

MORNING ON THE PATIO – – Presque Isle History Book and Joe Root

Posted: November 12, 2012 5:39 am

                  It’s Sunday, and what a fall day!  71 degrees and sunny, and is it really mid-November in Erie?  On days like today I wonder why the boat is put away for the season.   I am sure Mother Nature will remind me quite soon that I was right wrapping it for the year. Knowing… View Article

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