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Name: Erie Land Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

Location: Land Lighthouse Park in downtown Erie, overlooking Lake Erie.

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Photo: Michael Wintermantel
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Managing Organization:
City of Erie

Telephone: 814-870-1452


The 1818 20-foot stone tower here (originally known as Presque Isle Light) was about 200 yards west of the current lighthouse. The present lighthouse became the property of the City of Erie in 1934, and it is now part of the city's Land Lighthouse Park. For a long time it had no lantern; a replica lantern was installed in 1989. The replica lantern was destroyed in a storm in May 2003. A new lantern was installed and the lighthouse was rededicated in June 2004.

Tower Height: 49

Height of Focal Plane: 128

Description of Tower: Conical unpainted sandstone tower.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1867 two-story wood frame keeper's house.

Earlier Towers?
1818: 20-foot square stone tower; 1858: 56-foot brick tower.

Date Established: 1818

Date Present Tower Built: 1867

Date Deactivated: 1899

Optics: 1867: Third order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Attraction in Land Lighthouse Park.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Follow PA Route 5 Alternate (Lake Road East), turn north at Lighthouse Road. The park is at the end of the road.

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