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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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Erie, From Federal Hill

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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
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Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

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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
Reed House, Erie, Pa.
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Board Walk over Lily Pond, Waldameer Park, Erie, Pa.
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1750 - Erie, Pennsylvania founded
Grew from the French Fort Presque Isle.
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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. from Pittsburg, and 310 miles by turnpike from Harrisburg. Lat. 42° 8' N. , Lon. 80° 10' W. It is pleasantly situated opposite the island of Presque Isle, formerly a peninsula. The harbor, which is one of the largest and best on the lake, is 31 miles long, and over 1 mile wide, and from 9 to 25 feet deep the whole length. Large sums have been expended in improving and fortifying the harbor, and in erecting a lighthouse. The island is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide. Erie is an important place of outfit for vessels of the United States, and is remarkable for its flourishing trade. The Erie Extension canal connects it with the Ohio river and Beaver; several railways extend to Cleveland, Buffalo, &c. It is the terminus of the Sunbury and Erie railroad, now in course of construction, with a branch leading to Pittsburg. Eric contains a court house, ... Read MORE...

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 factory, on the equal, which for a time threatened to be very destructive, but through the almost superhuman efforts of the firemen, and the people acting to preserve their own property, it was checked---not, however, until the four buildings employed for factory purposes had been entirely destroyed.

The hand-engines were first on the ground, and were worked as well as such engines could be worked, but when the "steamer" once got at work the superiority of its never-tiring energies over hand labor was too evident to admit of a comparison.

With proper constructed steam fire-engines and plenty of water, with promptness and energy in those who "run with the machine," fires under ordinary circumstances would not be so destructive as at the present time.

In this instance the gas works were in the most imminent danger, and had not that been... Read MORE...

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 property, but its probably is not less than $500,000. The damage to the Jarecki Manufacturing company’s plant is placed at $100,000. Scores of houses were washed away, but no fatality is reported since that of the boy Heberleya. Railroad bridges and culverts are washed away on all sides of Erie. All trains are canceled on the Erie and Pittsburg and Philadelphia and Erie.
The Marion Daily Star
Marion, Ohio
May 17, 1893
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 Pittsburg, and 341 miles by railroad from Harrisburg. Lat. 42°8' N.; lon. 80° 8' W. It has a safe, landlocked harbor, which is 4 miles long by 1 mile wide, and is protected by the island of Presque Isle, on which 2 light-houses have been erected. Large sums are annually appropriated by Congress for the improvement of the harbor. Erie is the N. terminus of the Erie & Pittsburg Railroad, and is connected with Buffalo, Cleveland, and Chicago by rail; it is also a terminus of the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad. It is lighted by electricity, and natural gas is found in Erie and its suburbs. The water-works system cf Erie is valued at $1,500,000. It contains a court-house, an opera-house, a custom-house, a city hall, 30 churches, a # school, an academy, a con vent, a Catholic orphan-house and hospital, 4 national banks and 2 private banks,... Read MORE...

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 the buildings of the city are heated by natural gas, piped 80 miles from the gas regions. The low temperatures has hindered the flow of the gas as well as increased the consumption. Coal and wood could not be resorted to for, in most cases, the stoves are built for gas and nothing else. Erie bay is covered with 18 inches of ice, and water pipes in all parts of the city are frozen...
The Delphos Daily Herald
Delphos, Ohio
February 9, 1895
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 Pennsylvania, the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern and other railroads. Lat. 43° 8' N. ; lon. 80° 8' W. It has a safe, landlocked harbor, which is 4 miles long by 1 mile wide, and is protected by the island of Presque Isle, on which light-houses hare been erected. The city contains many attractive buildings, but it is mainly of a commercial character, its industrial establishments comprising oil-refineries, tanneries, chemical- works, planing- and flouring-mills, breweries, and manufactories of pianos and organs, engines and boilers, agricultural implements, paper, stoves, and all kinds of iron, steel, brass, aluminium, and wood products. The city is the seat of the Erie, St. Benedict s, and Villa Maria Academies, and of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. Large steamboats ply regularly between this place and other ports on the great ... Read MORE...

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 head-on collision on the Northwestern Pennsylvania Electric Railway two miles south of here this afternoon. Failure of the freight train to make a switch was given by officials of the road as the cause of the accident.

The seriously injured were:

Mrs. P. B. Sheridan, Chicago; Mrs. J. J. Klowier, Cambridge Springs; John Hopski, Erie; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob L. Mohn, Pittsburgh; Austin Corll, motorman of the passenger car; Lee Vaughn and Frank Leslie, freight train crew of Meadville, and Archibald Steele, section foreman, Edinboro. All are in Erie hospitals.
Patriot
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
July 29, 1920
1949 - March 15 - WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1949 - June 16 - Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa

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

The Weather Channel
Erie is the snowiest place in Pennsylvania, averaging 103.0 inches (262 cm) per year.
It is also the wettest city in Pennsylvania, averaging 122 days of precipitation each year.
National Weather Service
2023 - Erie has something for everyone. Here's a list to get you started:
Presque Isle State Park:

Spend a day at this beautiful state park on Lake Erie. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, hiking, and biking. The beaches are stunning, and the sunsets are breathtaking.

Erie Zoo:

Explore the Erie Zoo, home to over 400 animals. It's a great place for families, and they often have special events and educational programs.

Waldameer Park & Water World:

If you're a fan of amusement parks, Waldameer offers a mix of classic rides and modern attractions. The adjacent Water World is perfect for cooling off during the summer.

Tom Ridge Environmental Center:

Learn about the local ecosystem and environmental conservation. The center offers interactive exhibits and a stunning observation tower with panoramic views of Lake Erie.

Erie Maritime Museum:

Discover Erie's maritime history, including the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. The highlight is the U.S. Brig Niagara, a reconstructed historic warship.

Erie Art Museum:

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