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Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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Named for the Erie Indians, it was the site of the Fort-Presque-Isle built on the mainland by the French in 1753. Abandoned to the British in 1759, the fort was destroyed by Indians in June 1763 during the uprising known as Pontiac’s War. The area remained a wilderness until after the American Revolution, when it was purchased by Pennsylvania from the federal government. The U.S. Fort Presque Isle was built in 1795, and at the same time the town was laid out by General Andrew Ellicott, U.S. surveyor general, and General William Irvine. Naval yards established on Presque Isle Bay built most of the fleet that was used by Oliver Hazard Perry to defeat the British at the Battle of Lake Erie (September 10, 1813). Perry’s reconstructed flagship, the U.S. Brig Niagara, is berthed at the foot of Holland Street.

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  • 1750 - Erie, Pennsylvania founded
    Grew from the French Fort Presque Isle.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Erie, From Federal Hill

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

    Artwork
  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Main Light, at Erie

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

    Artwork
  • 1854 - Erie
    Erie, a post-borough, port of entry, capital of Erie county, Pennsylvania, on the lake of the same name, 90 miles S. W. from Buffalo, 129 miles N....Read MORE...


  • News 1866 - Fire In Erie.
    From Our Own Correspondent.

    ERIE, August 6, 1866. On Monday afternoon, about four o'clock, a fire broke out in Sterritt & Degmier's barrel...Read MORE...


  • News 1893 - Flood
    ERIE, May 18 – The floods in this city caused by heavy rains are the most destructive ever known. It is impossible to estimate the damage done to...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Suffering Caused By The Cold.
    Erie, Pa., Feb. 9. - The continued cold weather has caused much suffering and inconvenience here. Fully one half...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Erie
    Erie, a city and port of entry, the capital of Erie co, Pa., is on Lake Erie, 88 miles S.W. of Buffalo, 95 miles E.N.E. of Cleveland, 148 miles N. of ...Read MORE...


  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Reed House, Erie, Pa.
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  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Board Walk over Lily Pond, Waldameer Park, Erie, Pa.
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  • 1916
    Erie, a city and port of entry, the capital of Erie co., Pa., is on Lake Erie, 148 miles N. of Pittsburg and 95 miles ENE. of Cleveland, on the...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - 1 KILLED, 12 HURT IN TROLLEY WRECK. Freight and Passenger Cars Meet In Head-On Collision on Northwestern Line Near Erie
    Erie, July 28. - William Zimmer, a track laborer of Edinboro, was killed and twelve persons were injured when a passenger and a freight car met in...Read MORE...


  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Busy Section in Erie, Pa.
    Postcard
  • News 1949 - June 16 - Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa

    historyorb.com
    June 16, 1949

  • 1949 - March 15 - WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com

  • 1953 - September 3 - The temperature at Erie PA reached 99 degrees.

    The Weather Channel



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Erie, From Federal Hill

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Artwork

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
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Main Light, at Erie

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Artwork

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
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Reed House, Erie, Pa.
Postcard



Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Board Walk over Lily Pond, Waldameer Park, Erie, Pa.
Postcard

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Pinterest
Busy Section in Erie, Pa.
Postcard
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  • 1750 - Erie, Pennsylvania founded
    Grew from the French Fort Presque Isle.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Erie
    Erie, a post-borough, port of entry, capital of Erie county, Pennsylvania, on the lake of the same name, 90 miles S. W. from Buffalo, 129 miles N.... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - Fire In Erie.
    From Our Own Correspondent.

    ERIE, August 6, 1866. On Monday afternoon, about four o'clock, a fire broke out in Sterritt & Degmier's barrel... Read MORE...

  • News  1893 - Flood
    ERIE, May 18 – The floods in this city caused by heavy rains are the most destructive ever known. It is impossible to estimate the damage done to... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Erie
    Erie, a city and port of entry, the capital of Erie co, Pa., is on Lake Erie, 88 miles S.W. of Buffalo, 95 miles E.N.E. of Cleveland, 148 miles N. of ... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - Blizzard - THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES. IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST. TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES...
    ...Suffering Caused By The Cold.
    Erie, Pa., Feb. 9. - The continued cold weather has caused much suffering and inconvenience here. Fully one half... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Erie, a city and port of entry, the capital of Erie co., Pa., is on Lake Erie, 148 miles N. of Pittsburg and 95 miles ENE. of Cleveland, on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - 1 KILLED, 12 HURT IN TROLLEY WRECK. Freight and Passenger Cars Meet In Head-On Collision on Northwestern Line Near Erie
    Erie, July 28. - William Zimmer, a track laborer of Edinboro, was killed and twelve persons were injured when a passenger and a freight car met in... Read MORE...

  • 1949 - March 15 - WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

    historyorb.com
  • News  1949 - June 16 - Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa

    historyorb.com
    June 16, 1949
  • 1953 - September 3 - The temperature at Erie PA reached 99 degrees.

    The Weather Channel

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