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

American Fort

(Wayne Blockhouse)

 
 
American Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
1. American Fort Marker
Inscription. The American Fort was built a few blocks east of the French and British forts on a bluff behind the current Soldiers and Sailors Home. It was erected in July 1795 by a detail of General Anthony Wayne's soldiers commanded by Captain Bissel. The fort was a large stockade with at least three blockhouses. Although never attacked the Fort was crucial to the safety of the first Erie settlers. It was the final resting place of General Wayne who died and was buried there in 1796. A replica of the blockhouse where he died was erected by the State in 1880.
 
Location. 42° 8.246′ N, 80° 4.804′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of East Front Street and Parade Street, on the right when traveling west on East Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presque Isle Forts (here, next to this marker); Erie Heritage (here, next to this marker); Erie Area Native Americans (here, next to this marker); Fort Presque Isle (here, next to this marker); Fort de la Presqu'ile (here, next to this
American Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
2. American Fort Marker
Close-up view of the marker's map showing the locations of the three forts that were located in the Erie Pennsylvania area. The American fort was marked by the letter "A" and located at what was the end of Ash Street.
marker); The Erie Stone (here, next to this marker); Erie 9-11 Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); USS Michigan Anchor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
American Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
3. American Fort Marker
View of the site of the three historical markers created for the three different forts that were located at Erie, Pennsylvania. This is the site of both the French and British fortifications. It is not the site of the American fort, although it was located nearby.
Anthony Wayne Marker image. Click for more information.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
4. Anthony Wayne Marker
View of the Anthony Wayne historical marker describing the actual location of the American fort.
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Anthony Wayne Block House image. Click for more information.
By Dale K. Benington, August 1, 2009
5. Anthony Wayne Block House
View of the Anthony Wayne Blockhouse, which is located at the actual site of the American fort discussed on the featured historical marker.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 832 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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