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Erie (/ˈɪəri/; EE-ree) is a city in and the county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania, as well as the largest city in Northwestern Pennsylvania, with a population of 101,786 at the 2010 census. The estimated population in 2016 had decreased to 98,593. The Erie metropolitan area, equivalent to all of Erie County, consists of 276,207 residents. The Erie-Meadville, PA Combined Statistical Area has a population of 369,331, as of the 2010 Census.

Erie is halfway between the cities of Buffalo, New York, and Cleveland, Ohio, and due north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erie's manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy, though health care, higher education, technology, service industries and tourism are emerging as significant economic drivers. Over four million people visit Erie during summer months for recreation at Presque Isle State Park, as well as attractions such as Waldameer Park.

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From several of the Indian tribes inhabiting the country bordering on Lake Erie purchases have been made of lands on conditions very favorable to the United States, and, as it is presumed, not less so to the tribes themselves.

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Beach and dunes at Presque Isle State Park, along Lake Erie.

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Presque Isle State Park (/prɛsk/) is a 3,200-acre (13 km2) state park in Pennsylvania on an arching sandy peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie, 4 miles (6 km) west of the city of Erie, in Millcreek Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The peninsula sweeps eastward for more than 13 miles (21 km), surrounding Presque Isle Bay along the park's southern coast. Presque Isle has a monument to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval squadron leader during the War of 1812, near the eastern end of the peninsula, who strategically used the peninsula’s bay as a pier and a place to construct six out of nine of the ships in his fleet for the Battle of Lake Erie.

The park, operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, hosts over 4 million visitors per year, the most of any Pennsylvania state park. Popular recreational activities include swimming, hiking, biking, in-line skating and bird watching. The park is on Pennsylvania Route 832, also known as Peninsula Drive. Presque Isle State Park is one of twenty-one chosen by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Parks for its "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" list.

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Philip Cochran (29 January 1910–26 August 1979) was an officer in the United States Army Air Corps. He was known for tactical air innovations in North Africa and Burma and air assault warfare in Burma as commander of the 1st Air Commando Group. Cochran was the inspiration behind characters in the comic strips Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon by Milton Caniff.

After earning a business degree from Ohio State University in 1935. Cochran enlisted as a pilot in the Army Air Corps because "it looked like a good way to make an easy living."

Cochran led a group of replacement fighter planes and pilots to the North African campaign that he organised into the "Joker Squadron" that was called such because the squadron had no number.

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The Erie BayHawks are a professional basketball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are part of the NBA Development League (D-League), which is the National Basketball Association's official minor league. The team was established in 2008 as an expansion team, originally affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2014 they entered a 3-year affiliation agreement with the Orlando Magic.

The "BayHawks" name alludes to the Presque Isle Bay, on which Erie lies. The hawk represents the city's wildlife and naval history, especially because hawks were used by naval expeditions to send important messages. The team's colors of black, red, and gold pay homage to the Erie-based Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and to the United States Navy uniforms worn during the War of 1812.

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