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Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

"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, several oil-refineries, tanneries, £ planing-mills, steam flouring-mills, and breweries, and manufactures of numerous articles, including railroad-cars, engines and boilers, and all kinds of iron, steel, brass, and wood products. Four daily, 3 Sunday, and 8 weekly newspapers are published here. Large steam boats ply regularly between this place and other ports on the great lakes. The chief articles of export are coal, oil, iron, and manufactured products. The lake imports include flour, iron ore, lumber, &c. Erie is the see of a Catholic bishop. Pop. in 1860, 94.19; in 1870, 19,646; in 1880, 27,737; in 1890, 40,634."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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

  • 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

  • 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...


  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Reed House, Erie, Pa.
  • Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
    Board Walk over Lily Pond, Waldameer Park, Erie, Pa.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

    The Weather Channel



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