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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  • The lighthouse is closed for visitors. You can still park (limited spaces) and walk around. There are restrooms and the beach is a few steps away.  more »
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse, but be advised that it is closed for now. I'm unsure if this is because of COVID-19, but there's a number of other things to do on Presque Isle. If you walk down the...  more »
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  • Cute island with a ton of things to do. In the summer hours you're able to visit inside the lighthouses. There are bicycle, boat, and boat house rentals. Plenty of hiking trails and a ton of sight seeing that is worth the while. Clean and quiet with helpful staff roaming around that is more than helpful!
  • It's Absolutely beautiful. It really got my Wife in the mood. I'm pretty sure it's the long shape of the lighthouse that gets her going. We barely made it to the restroom before she tore my close off... Great place to visit..

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