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Erie Land postcard face - click to enlarge

Erie Land postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Erie Land

State: PA
Year established: 1818
Latitude: 42 deg 8 min 38 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 3 min 49 sec W
Height above sea level: 49 feet

Original construction:
20-foot square stone tower

1858: round 56-foot brick tower
1867: current conical stone tower built
1897: The tower was raised 17 feet

inactive from 1881 - 1885; deactivated in 1899; attraction in Land Lighthouse Park undergoing restoration in 2004

Originally known as the "Presque Isle Light Station", the name was changed to "Erie Light Station" in 1870.

More information:
Holland, Jr. F.Ross, America's Lighthouses Their Illustrated History Since 1716 , (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972) p. 176
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 144