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ERIE’S THREE LIGHTHOUSES – – Part 4 of 4

Posted: November 2, 2015 9:50 am

PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT STATION When proposed, it sounded quite simple: build a better located lighthouse on Presque Isle to make it safer to sail Lake Erie and to make entry to the Erie harbor easier for mariners. Congress had approved a budget, plans were drawn, a specific location on Presque Isle was chosen and when… View Article


ERIE’S THREE LIGHTHOUSES – – Part 3 of 4

Posted: October 29, 2015 8:38 am

         THE ORIGINAL PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE Now let’s jump back in time a bit to cover Erie’s and the Great Lake’s first lighthouse. The story of the first “Presque Isle Lighthouse” (now known as Erie’s “Land Lighthouse”) begins in the late 1700s. Way back in 1790, quite a few fishermen, cargo haulers… View Article


ERIE’S THREE LIGHTHOUSES – – Part 2 of 4

Posted: October 26, 2015 8:47 am

  Before I begin today’s blog, I would like to explain why I have been inactive for three weeks. As many readers know, I have been busy writing a new “Images of America” book, covering the history of Presque Isle from 1950 through 2014, which contains 172 photographs of the park for that period. What… View Article


ERIE’S THREE LIGHTHOUSES – – Part I

Posted: September 2, 2015 8:00 am

  Any account of the three lighthouses of Erie, Pennsylvania is really a chronicle of the history of the city’s overall long-term growth and development. As the finest natural harbor on the Great Lakes due to the protection of Presque Isle, a peninsula extending seven miles into Lake Erie, the City of Erie logically became… View Article


CLASSIC CARS VISIT PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT STATION

Posted: August 27, 2015 8:17 am

Roughly a month ago, Kal Darres, owner of Petra Restaurant and the Sunset Café at TREC, came to me with a dilemma.  It seemed that a Toronto, Canada group, was making a trip to Erie and desired to stop at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center on the morning of August 10 and have breakfast and… View Article



MORNING AT PRESQUE ISLE LAGOONS

Posted: August 17, 2015 5:41 pm

  Finally I am feeling a bit better, so this morning I try a short walk on Presque Isle.  The morning is perfect,  still cool and sun swept with visibility as far as I can see on Presque Isle Bay.  The eastern sky still shows the very small remains of what was mostly a stunning… View Article



MEMORIAL DAY ON PRESQUE ISLE

Posted: June 4, 2015 10:22 am

It was a beautiful weekend to have a holiday. The park was a hub of activity from a sunrise to well after sunset. Just talking to a few people even before Friday, I knew that the park would be exceptionally busy. On Thursday while I was working to figure out how to set up a… View Article


NATURE PROVIDES A THEATRE

Posted: May 17, 2015 11:11 am

On my first walk in a long time on Presque Isle, it was pleasantly fresh, still a bit crisp, but not a raw morning like we experienced this winter.  My walk this morning took me down the old beach road starting at the Stull Center. The air was very serene, hardly a breeze coming over… View Article


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