Erie Harbor North Pier Light

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Erie Harbor North Pier Light
Erie Harbor North Pier Light.jpg
Erie Harbor North Pier Light is located in Pennsylvania
Erie Harbor North Pier Light
Location Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates 42°09′24.12″N 80°04′14.16″W / 42.1567000°N 80.0706000°W / 42.1567000; -80.0706000Coordinates: 42°09′24.12″N 80°04′14.16″W / 42.1567000°N 80.0706000°W / 42.1567000; -80.0706000
Year first constructed 1858
Automated Yes
Foundation Pier[1]
Construction Wrought iron encased in steel
Tower shape Square pyramidal
Markings / pattern White with black horizontal band
Height 34 feet (10 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel
Characteristic Red, Flashing
ARLHS number USA-274

The Erie Harbor North Pier Light, also known as the Presque Isle North Pier Light, is one of the three lighthouses near Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. The light, situated at the far eastern end of Presque Isle State Park, helps mariners as they traverse the narrow inlet between Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.

Originally constructed as a wooden tower in 1830, that light was swept away by a schooner in 1857.[2] The current structure was forged in France and assembled on site in Erie. It was moved in 1882 and again in 1940. The United States Coast Guard, which operates the beacon, changed its fixed red beam to an automated red flashing light in 1995, at which time the 4th order Fresnel lens was sent to the Erie Maritime Museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erie Harbor North Pierhead Light". National Park Service. December 6, 2002. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  2. ^ Bates, Samuel P (1884). History of Erie County. Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. 

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