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Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The North Pier Head Light

 
 
The North Pier Head Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
1. The North Pier Head Light Marker
Inscription. The black and white lighthouse on the north pier of the channel to Presque Isle Bay has guided mariners since 1858. Its cast iron was forged in France and replaced a wooden beacon that was destroyed by a schooner in a 1857 storm. No other surviving U.S. lighthouse shares its design.

A fixed red beam was used until 1995 when the 4th order Fresnel Lens was removed and a red flashing light was installed by the United States Coast Guard which still operates the beacon.

Keepers of the Pierhead Light:

William T. Downs, Benjamin Fleming, John Hess, Leonard Vaughan, George W. Bone, Richard P. Burke, Frank Henry, James Johnson, C.E. McDannell, Charles D. Coyle, Robert Hunter, & Thomas Wilkins

 
Location. 42° 8.646′ N, 80° 3.742′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Lakefront Drive east of Lighthouse Street, on the right when traveling east. 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. The Native Legend of Presque Isle: "Sheltering Arm of the Great Spirit" (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse Keepers (here, next to this
The North Pier Head Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, April 13, 2018
2. The North Pier Head Light Marker
marker); Erie's Maritime Heritage (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse: "First on the Great Lakes" (here, next to this marker); Erie Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Erie's Land Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); James N. Thompson Land Lighthouse Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Erie Land Lighthouse (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 56 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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