Presque Isle Lighthouse

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Presque Isle Lighthouse
Lake Erie, Pennsylvania

Constructed in 1872, the Presque Isle lighthouse
is the second American lighthouse built on Lake Erie

 Presque Isle 1873. Active; focal plane 73 ft (22 m); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 67 ft (20.5 m) square cylindrical brick tower rising from a 1-1/2 story brick keeper’s house. 300 mm lens. Tower painted white, lantern and gallery black. The keeper’s house is a residence for the state park manager. A photo appears above, Jimmy Emerson has a good 2008 photo, the Ricos also have a nice page for the lighthouse, Bill Britten has an excellent closeup photo, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. The Coast Guard has historic photos taken before and after the height of the tower was increased by 33 ft (10 m) in 1896. Presque Isle is a large sand spit projecting toward the northeast and protecting Erie Harbor; the entire spit is now included in a Pennsylvania state park. There is a historical exhibit outdoors near the lighthouse. In 2006 a new preservation organization, Keepers of the Erie Lights, launched a fundraising drive to restore the grounds and rebuild outbuildings. The Pennsylvania legislature approved a vanity license plate featuring the lighthouse; $17 from the sale of each plate goes toward the restoration effort. A 2007 architectural study estimated that a complete restoration of the building would cost about $880,000. In 2011, there was a plan for a more limited restoration that would cost $450,000, but no funds were available. In December 2012 Portia Norton, a local resident, donated $196,348 to establish an endowment fund for the lighthouse and the nearby Perry Monument. Located on the beach in Presque Isle State Park (end of PA 832). Site open, tower closed. Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Site manager: Presque Isle State Park. ARLHS USA-666; USCG 7-3690. – The Lighthouse Directory

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