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CHANGES AT THE PRESQUE ISLE LIGHTHOUSE

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


WHERE DID ALL THAT WATER GO – - LAKE LEVELS PLUNGE

Posted: December 22, 2012 7:59 am

  If you walk along Presque Isle shorelines, whether it be lake, lagoon or bay, you might ask, “Where did all the water go?”   No, it’s not just bad eyesight.  Water levels on the Great Lakes are nearing their all-time historic lows and are now having a negative effect on recreational boating and fishing. In… View Article


LAKES, PONDS, BAYS AND LAGOONS – -In Presque Isle we have our own personal treasure!

Posted: April 30, 2012 7:30 pm

                Many years ago, naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote the following: “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful feature.  It is the earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”                 In North America, there are literally hundreds of thousands of lakes and ponds, so everyone reading this blog… View Article


THE CONTINUING SAGA OF ETHANOL IN GASOLINE FOR BOATS – -

Posted: March 12, 2012 7:24 am

           Maybe you didn’t know it, but there has been an ongoing minor war going on over the use of up to 10% ethanol (E10) in our gasoline, and its effect on boat motors and other small engines that all of us use every day. Over the last few years, during the time since E10… View Article


HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL – - Sturgeon Bay

Posted: October 29, 2011 9:21 am

This Presque Isle vista is named after the Sturgeon fish that were plentiful in Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes in the 1800s.  The vista is located at the 4th parking lot on your right as you enter the park.  It was common that the Sturgeon in Lake Erie to reach a length exceeding… View Article


HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL – - Steam Power Fog Whistle

Posted: August 11, 2011 7:38 am

As you drive around the peninsula, you may have noticed an old, almost forgotten foundation at the eastern-most end of the Pine Tree Trail just before you get to Beach 10.  This was the site of an old steam engine used to power a large foghorn functioning at the end of the penninsula for over twenty-five years…. View Article


DO YOU ENJOY PRESQUE ISLE? ARE YOU A PARTNER?

Posted: July 23, 2011 3:02 pm

We all know Presque Isle is a wonderful park that juts out from the Lake Erie coastline and has been here for over 14,000 years.  Most of us also realize that it is a treasure trove of fun and pleasure for over 4 million visitors each year.  For the history buff (that’s me), it has… View Article


DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – - Taking your dog to Presque Isle

Posted: July 20, 2011 8:12 pm

In ancient Rome, the Dog Days of Summer extended from July 26 to September 1.  The Old Farmers Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11.  These are the days of the year when rainfall is at its lowest level and days the… View Article


Presque Isle’s Wonderful 4th of July Weekend

Posted: July 10, 2011 11:41 am

 It was a perfect 4th of July weekend in Erie and especially on Presque Isle.  The weather was warm, yet not hot.  The water was cool, but not cold.  The crowds were large, yet not too large.   It was a weekend meant to be spent on Presque Isle, the bay and Lake Erie.   The first… View Article


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