Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Perry Monument: A Beacon of the Community
The Perry 200 Commission
The Commission was created by the Jefferson Educational Society to organize Erie's bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, and to unite the community with a sense of pride surrounding Commander Perry's achievement. Thousands of citizens assisted with over 70 events which drew over 500,000 people throughout 2012 and 2013. The Perry 200 was the largest public service project in the history of Erie and one of the largest bicentennial commemorations in the nation.
Lighting the Monument
A natural gas torch once illuminated the bronze tripod at the top of the monument. Strong winds often extinguished the flame which led private citizens to assist in keeping the torch lit. The torch was removed in 1963 during renovations to the monument leaving only the lighting at the base to illuminate the monument.
The dedication and fundraising efforts of the Presque Isle Partnership made the new lighting system and over $150,000 of park improvements to the Perry Monument and pavilion possible.
Did you know?
The monument stands 101 feet above lake level, measured 8.5 feet at the base and tapers to 6.5 feet at the top. The bronze tripod measures 8 feet 3 inches in height.
Text from the two plaques on the monument:
to commemorate the victory of
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
Battle of Lake Erie
September 10, 1813
Perry Memorial Commission
appointed by Gov. Gifford Pinchot
David Nye McBrier
Harry W. Moomey
E. Maclay Gearhart
Frederick H. Schutte
Jane W. Pressly
William M. Spencer, Chairman
Fuller & Stickle and Paul P. Cret
Erected by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
Location. 42° 9.3′ N, 80° 5.375′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Thompson Drive north of Fisher Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. 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); Tribute to a Hero (a few steps from this marker); Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument (a few steps from this marker); From the Bay to the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); And the Misery begins... (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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.