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The History of Erie, Pennsylvania

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What do you know about Erie? The daycare abuse lawyers of Erie are here to provide you with a detailed account of the history of the city and more.

History of Erie

Erie is a city in Pennsylvania. As the county seat of Erie County, it is the largest city in Northwestern Pennsylvania and the fifth largest in the state. Before the area was settled by the Europeans, it was inhabited by the historic Iroquoian-speaking Erie Nation until the Beaver Wars in the 1600s, when the five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy took over. The Seneca people were put in control of the area.

In 1753, the French established Fort Presque Isle – its name refers to the peninsula on Lake Erie – near present-day Erie to defend New France against the British colonists. During the French and Indian War, the fort was abandoned in 1760, which enabled the British to construct a garrison there. After the American Revolutionary War, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania disputed a tract of 202,187 acres of land (Erie Triangle) in the northwest corner of PA next to Lake Erie. On January 9, 1789, the Iroquois signed a deed giving up ownership of the land. In 1791, the Seneca Nation did the same thing. On March 3, 1792, after CT, MA, and NY relinquished their rights, the Erie Triangle became part of PA.

In June 1795, the area of Erie was surveyed and laid out by Andrew Ellicott. That same year, Lt. Colonel Seth Reed and his family became the first European-American to settle in Erie at "Presque Isle." During the War of 1812, the Battle of Lake Erie was one of the biggest naval battles. Commodore Olver Hazard Perry led a squadron that defeated and captured six British Royal Navy vessels. His flagship Niagara is docked behind the Erie Maritime Museum as an outdoor exhibit. This led to the city being known as the "Flagship City."

The city of Erie was a major shipbuilding, fishing and railroad hub in the mid-1800s. When a national standardized gauge was proposed in 1853 for the railways, citizens in the area caused a riot because jobs and the rail hub were put in jeopardy. They burnt down the bridges and ripped up the tracks as they protested against standardization in the Erie Gauge War.

Considered as part of the Rust Belt, Erie was growing for much of the 1900s until industrial restructuring occurred and companies moved out of the area. After World War II, more residents left the city in favor of the suburbs. Today, residents often refer to the city as "Dreary Erie" or "The Mistake on the Lake." As of 2021, it has an estimated population of 93,928 people.

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Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is owned and managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The 3,200-acre sandy peninsula is the state's only seashore. Opened daily from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., it offers visitors a beautiful coastline and recreational activities such as:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • In-line Skating
  • Bird Watching

The park is also home to a lighthouse, the Sunset Café, the Big Green Screen Theatre, and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center – a 65,000-square-foot green-designed facility that provides guests with a unique experience about the history and diverse ecosystems of the park. Because of the many habits, it is home to more threatened, endangered, and rare species than any other area in PA. The Presque Isle State Park has been designated as a National Natural Landmark.

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