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Presque Isle State Park (Images of America)

by Eugene H. Ware

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Presque Isle State Park stretches seven miles into Lake Erie and represents one of the most beautiful undeveloped stretches of land in North America. Eugene Ware’s book Is a photo essay of the history of this unique piece of real estate. From wildlife sanctuary, to military staging area to commercial hub to family playground, Presque Isle has a diverse history. The photography is culled from more than 100 years and gives a powerful perspective. Ware provides a certain amount of the history in commentary to each photo, but the book really doesn’t provide the kind of narrative that could have elevated the book to a real treasure. As it stands, this book does document the diverse pictorial history of Presque Isle and that is valuable in itself. ( )
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Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula extending seven miles into Lake Erie, attracts four million visitors each year. Since the late 1800s, it has been both an ecological and recreational paradise. It is a place where visitors can enjoy solitude, reflection, and the wonders of nature in addition to the sand and sun. Since 1814, man has been struggling against the forces of nature to protect Presque Isle from the storms that move in off Lake Erie and cause destruction and erosion. Through vintage images gathered from the collections of the author, Erie County Historical Society, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and various local sources, Presque Isle State Park reflects the history and special aura of the park known as a place for all seasons.

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Located on a seven-mile peninsula on the shores of Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania, Presque Isle State Park attracts four million visitors each year. With its designation in 1921, Presque Isle became the second state park in Pennsylvania. From this beginning, the citizens of Erie and surrounding areas developed an affinity and appreciation for the park. Presque Isle has been left relatively unchanged over the years, and when improvements have been made, they have been executed in ways that have not altered the park's natural beauty. Through images gathered from the collections of the author, Erie County Historical Society, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and various other local sources, Presque Isle State Park reflects the history and unique atmosphere of a park that has come to be known as "a place for all seasons."… (more)

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