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PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT

State: PENNSYLVANIA
Location: PRESQUE ISLE PENINSULA / LAKE ERIE
Nearest City: ERIE
County: ERIE
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1872


Presque Isle Light
1998 photo by Matt Marcinek, Presque Isle State Park
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1873
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1962
  • Foundation Materials: LIMESTONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 68
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1873
  • Present Optic: 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 73
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): (SEE ERIE LAND (OLD PRESQUE ISLE) LIGHT)

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1872
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: GABLE (ATTACHED)
  • Construction Materials: RED BRICK
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE; ORIGINALLY BARN, STORAGE BUILDING, JETTY

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN STATE PARK/KEEPERS IS RESIDENCE FOR PARK STAFF

Owner/Manager: PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION & NATURAL RESOURCES W/USCG ACCESS TO OPTIC

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

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #83002242
Name of Listing: PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES (PA-624)

Miscellaneous:
PLAYED IMPORTANT ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT OF ERIE AS A PORT, TOWER RAISED 17 FEET IN 1896, EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT LOCATED ADJACENT TO GROUNDS



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