Presque Isle North Pierhead Lighthouse, built in 1857, still guides vessels: Christine’s Chronicles

By Christine Lorraine Morgan, April 16, 2022

There’s quite an extensive history behind the Presque Isle North Pierhead Lighthouse in Erie, PA. The photos and video below show what the tower looked like a century ago compared to what it looks like now.

When it was built in 1857, the cast iron tower which is still in use today, measured 26 1/2′ in height. The lower portion was uncovered, exposing its spiral staircase. The watchroom under the lantern room was the only part that was enclosed.

Its beacon became electrified in 1924, and in 1940 it was relocated to its present site. That’s when the tower was outfitted with the heavy steel plates presently in use.

Also known as the Erie Harbor Pierhead Light, there are quite a few more fascinating details behind this historic beacon that are available at

The iron structure housing the beacon is still in use today, although it has been enclosed and moved to a different spot. This photo is about 100 years old, showing what the lighthouse looked like when it was open and the spiral staircase was visible.

Here is what that same lighthouse looks like now. It it still in use at Erie Harbor.

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