Presque Isle Lighthouse, Erie

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The Presque Isle Light is one of three lighthouses on Lake Erie in U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The lighthouse is located on the northern shore of Presque Isle State Park, near Erie. It was built in 1872 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Its construction began in 1872, and the light was first lit on July 12, 1873. It was originally tall before the tower was raised to its current height in 1896. Its original light characteristic, two red flashes followed by four white flashes, was changed to an alternating red and white flash when it was electrified in the 1920s. The Presque Isle Light was commonly known as the "flashlight" to locals. In 1962, the station was fully automated and the characteristic was changed to a 3 second-on, 3 second-off white light.
The Presque Isle Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 4, 1983 as part of a group listing of lighthouses and light stations operated by the United States Coast Guard on the Great Lakes. The light station is open to public tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day on weekend, weather permitting (see presqueislelighthouse.org).
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  • Clean and well ordered this is a lighthouse that gives light fo rthe lake freighters that can smash on the shores of the lake Winds across the lake can make it dangerous for the lake sailors  more »
  • The Lighthouse was closed when we were there but we enjoyed seeing it. It is close to the beach and it was nice walking near the water. Not many people on the beach which made it more enjoyable to us.  more »
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  • We stopped by here for a fun detour on a road trip and we were not disappointed! The drive there was a bit lengthy. We found out that they offer tours where you can climb to the top. My kids are too young to enjoy that now but older kids definitely could love that. The beach here is also great. It feels so private. The gift shop was cute! Definitely a great stop on our trip.
  • The Lighthouse tour was interesting, 70+ steps to the top. Seems a little bit overpriced ($6/adult) as for museum, but not for group of volunteers who keep the history for us. The staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Beautiful, clean and peaceful place, scenic view.

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