The history of Erie County in PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 76 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Erie, Edinboro, Wellsburg, Albion, West Springfield, East Springfield, Corry, Union City, North East, Moorheadville, Harbor Creek (Harborcreek), Wesleyville, Fairville, Girard, Hammett, Lowville, Wattsburg, Waterford, Platea, Cranesville, and Belle Valley. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Rapid Growth Follows Transportation Improvements; Building and Equiping of Perry's Fleet; List of Ships and Officers in Battle of Lake Erie; Diagram and Detailed accounts of the battle, including list of ships on each side; Diagram and Detailed Account of the engagement; Perry's young brother on board; Controversy: Did Perry act Rashly or Did Capt. Elliott act Cowardly; Washington Monument at Waterford; Villa Maria College and Academy at Erie; "Mad" Anthony Wayne Memorial; First Civil War Memorial is in Girard' Pennsylvania State Park, resting place for "The Niagara," one of Perry's ships; a 7-page section on Points of Interest in Erie, with a small city map; "The City of Stumps," "The Grape Belt," a Curious Case of Partial Insanity, "too many big guns" for Indians; a Scalped Man who lived 115 years; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The recently added fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS: Public Square in Erie (full page); Erie from the Lake (full page); Old Blockhouse at Erie; Remains of Commodore Perry's Flag Ship; and Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Erie.
Erie County, PA
Sources: History of Erie County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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