“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Erie's Land Lighthouse

On Top Again

Erie's Land Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
1. Erie's Land Lighthouse Marker
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 Port Authority cleaned and re-pointed the tower and rebuilt the missing lantern room and watch deck. Now the tower is crowned by a new top that matches the original and a light once again glows from its top.

Fresnel Lense
A sculptural assemblage of brass and glass, designed and built in France, that projected the flame of an oil lamp 17 nautical miles out into the lake.

Lens Specifications:
Third Order Fixed Fresnel Lens.
Weight 1,985 pounds.
Height: 62.5"
Oil consumption per hour: 7 ounces.

The Mystery of the Missing Lens
Though there are rumors concerning its whereabouts, no one knows for sure what happened to the original Fresnel lens.

Lighthouse Time Line
Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority completed major restoration of lighthouse.

Archaeological excavation done in 1818 lighthouse location.

Relighting ceremony commemorated 100 years anniversary of beacon removal.

Erie's Land Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
2. Erie's Land Lighthouse Marker
replica of lantern room created on top of tower.

Land Lighthouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lighthouse tower cleaned and mortar joints re-pointed.

City of Erie acquired Land Lighthouse and adjacent property.

Lighthouse decommissioned a final time.

Beacon relighted.

Congress repurchased lighthouse and land.

Beacon discontinued, lighthouse and land sold.

Presque Isle Lighthouse constructed on Erie's peninsula.

Current lighthouse and keeper's cottage built for $33,000.

Second lighthouse on site built of Milwaukee Brick. Its foundation failed after only eight years.

Lighthouse completed. First U.S. lighthouse to shine on Great Lakes.

Congress authorized construction of the first lighthouse, a 20-foot wooden tower, built on this site.
Battle of Lake Erie fought.

Seaway Trail Lighthouses
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 42° 8.63′ N, 80° 3.734′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Lakefront Drive east of Lighthouse Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Lakefront Drive, Erie PA 16507, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Erie Land Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse: "First on the Great Lakes" (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse Keepers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" (within shouting distance of this marker); The North Pier Head Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Maritime Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); James N. Thompson Land Lighthouse Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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