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

A Driving Force

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
1. A Driving Force Marker
Inscription.  James "Jim" Thompson (1863-1931)
Erie native Jim Thompson worked to improve visitor access to the park and to protect the shoreline of the peninsula. As one of his governmental duties, Thompson was a member of the Pennsylvania State Park and Harbor Commission from 1927 to 1931.

At a time when automobiles were replacing horses and streetcars, nearly two thirds of the peninsula was inaccessible to vehicles. Thompson recognized the need to connect the roads, making a complete loop around the park. Through his efforts, projects designed to accommodate increasing numbers of park visitors became a reality.

Visitors can enjoy the sandy beaches and natural beauty of Presque Isle in part due to Jim Thompson's contributions. Thompson's wife, Millie, donated a marker at Thompson Circle to commemorate her husband's dedicated service to the park. It is directly across the road on your your left.

In the Fall of 1921, the shores of Presque Isle were reinforced by large rock structures. As you walk along the beach today, you may notice various forms of shoreline protection built over the last 100 years.

Trail
A Driving Force Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
2. A Driving Force Marker
Rule

Please share the trail

 
Erected by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
 
Location. 42° 9.995′ N, 80° 5.04′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is on Peninsula Drive north of Coast Guard Road, 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. Budny Beach (approx. 0.4 miles away); And the Misery begins... (approx. 0.8 miles away); Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Perry Monument: A Beacon of the Community (approx. 0.9 miles away); From the Bay to the Battle (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tribute to a Hero (approx. 0.9 miles away); Son of the Sea (approx. 0.9 miles away); Erie's Industrial Explosion (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
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Thompson Bay marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
3. Thompson Bay marker
Nature marker next to this marker
 
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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 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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