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Erie Harbor Pierhead postcard face - click to enlarge

Erie Harbor Pierhead postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Erie Harbor Pierhead

State: PA
Year established: 1830
Latitude: 42 deg 9 min 24 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 4 min 18 sec W
Height above sea level: 42 feet

Original construction:
wooden tower

1858: present 34-foot square cast-iron tower replaced original destroyed by ship collision

active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing red every 2.5 seconds visible for 7 nautical miles

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River above the St. Regis River, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 39