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ERIE HARBOR NORTH PIERHEAD LIGHT

State: PENNSYLVANIA
Location: ERIE HARBOR
Nearest City: ERIE
County: ERIE
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1940
Erie Harbor North Pierhead Light
1997 Photo courtesy Matt Marcinek
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1940
  • Foundation Materials: PIER
  • Construction Materials: WROUGHT IRON ENCASED IN STEEL
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK HORIZONTAL BAND
  • Shape: SQUARE PYRAMIDAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 34
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1995
  • Height of Focal Plane: 42
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FRESNEL LENS REMOVED 1995 & TRANSFERRED TO ERIE MARITIME MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? YES, 1882 & 1940
Previous Tower(s):
  • Construction Date: 1830
  • Description: WOODEN PIERHEAD BEACON
  • Fate/Disposition: SWEPT AWAY BY SAILING VESSEL IN 1857
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN (REMOVED)/ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO

Other Structures: RADIOBEACON

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
MOVED 190 FEET IN 1882 AND 509 FEET IN 1940; KEEPERS RESIDENCE LOCATED ON GROUNDS OF LIFESAVING STATION



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