Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tribute to a Hero
The Oliver Hazard Perry Monument
The Continental Construction Company of Erie constructed this 80-foot limestone monument to Oliver Hazard Perry in 1926. Erie architect Fred Fuller designed the monument. Its cost exceeded $45,000.
A Popular Destination
The Pennsylvania State Art Commission and a local task force built the monument on Presque Isle because it could be seen from the Erie shoreline. They believed the monument would attract visitors to Presque Isle, which was designated a state park in 1921. From 1969 to 1971, new steps, a railing and a moat were added during a $500,000 renovation. The monument remains a popular tourist sight.
Never to be Forgotten
The contributions of Perry and his determined shipbuilders will not he forgotten. With a little of Perry's Luck, this towering presence will forever stand as a fitting tribute to the heroic commander for whom it was built.
In Honor of Perry
Other monuments to Perry include a 352-foot granite doric column in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, and statues in both Newport, Rhode Island and downtown Erie, PA.
Did You Know?
”Nothing could intimidate, nothing dishearten, Perry.”
William V. Taylor, Sailing Master of the Lawrence
Marker photo caption: The Perry Monument, Presque Isle State Park, circa 1930s
Pennsylvania State Archives
Erected by Presque Isle Partnership, Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Erie Community Foundation.
Location. 42° 9.3′ N, 80° 5.384′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fisher Drive and Thompson Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the east end of the walking path to the Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument at Crystal Point in Presque Isle State Park, on the left (north) side of the walkway. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Son of the Sea (a few steps from this marker); Perry Monument: A Beacon of the Community (a few steps from this marker); And the Misery begins... (within shouting distance of this Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); From the Bay to the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Industrial Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishing on the Sweet Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Preparing For Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, rectangular, composite plaque, mounted vertically on a waist-high post.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument, Presque Isle State Park
Also see . . .
1. USS Oliver Hazard Perry. USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7), lead ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided-missile frigates, was named for Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero, who was victorious at the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie. Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7) was the first ship and, as of 2015, the only ship of that name in the U.S. Navy. Oliver Hazard Perry was in service from 1977 to 1997 and was scrapped in 2005. (Submitted on February 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Monuments to Perry are located in many other locations.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Front Park, by Charles Henry Niehaus, in Buffalo, New York
Wade Park by William Walcutt, and Herman Matzen, in Cleveland, Ohio
Perry Square, monument designed by Paul Philippe Cret, in Erie, Pennsylvania
Eisenhower Park in Newport, RI, statue by William Greene Turner
Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, RI, memorial plaque. (Submitted on February 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.