Perry 200 Commemoration Trail

Perry 200 Commemoration Trail


Trail Name: Perry 200 Commemoration Trail
Trail Head: Dobbins Landing, Foot of State Street, Erie
Trail Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk
Amenities: Restrooms and concessions available at the base of the Bicentennial Tower
Parking:  Parking available at trail head
Is Trail Handicap Accessible: Yes
Trail Length: 3.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Contact for Trail: Jefferson Educational Society (T: 814.459.8000)


Erie, PA is the fourth largest city and the only Pennsylvania Port on the Great Lakes. Located along the shores of one of the world’s best-protected harbors, Erie has an extensive maritime history as a Great Lakes city. Erie boasts a wealth of natural beauty, fascinating history, active cultural and arts scenes, diverse ethnic heritage and first-rate sports teams.

Prior to the War of 1812 Erie was a rustic frontier town. Wartime activities accelerated the town’s growth and maturation, and it wasn’t long before Erie transitioned into a bustling port city. Today, evidence of these early years exists in the buildings and sites of downtown.


1.    Bicentennial Tower, at the Foot of State Street at Dobbins Landing (1995): The Bicentennial Tower on Dobbins Landing is 187-foot tower with two observation decks (T: 814.454.8723)
2.    Erie Maritime Museum, 150 Front Street (www.eriemaritimemuseum.org)
3.    Hamot House (1828), 307 French Street: Built for UPMC Hamot’s namesake P.S. Vincent Hamot
4.    Dickson Tavern (c. 1815), corner of 2nd and French Streets: Once a place for locals and travelers to gather for business, celebration, fellowship and even worship
5.    Lafayette Place, corner of 4th and French Streets: The Erie Steam Bakery building
6.    Chandlery Corner (1832-1851), corner of 4th and State Streets: Complex consists of what were once 3 residences and a store
7.    Customs House (1839), 415 State Street: Built as local branch of the United States Bank of Philadelphia
8.    Cashier’s House and Erie County History Center, 417 State Street (www.eriecountyhistory.org)
9.    Erie Art Museum, on 5th Street between State and French Streets (www.erieartmuseum.org)
10.    expERIEnce Children’s Museum, 420 French Street (www.eriechildrensmuseum.org)
11.    100 Erie Insurance Place (1956): H.O. Hirt and O.G. Crawford organized Erie Insurance Exchange in 1925 to offer affordable auto insurance
12.    Perry Square

  • O.H. Perry Statue (1985): Perry commanded the American fleet during the Battle of Lake Erie September 10, 1813
  • East Park Fountain (1929): Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the light bulb
  • Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument (1872): In memory of those who died in the Civil War

13.    Strong Family Mansion (1896), 109 W. 6th Street: In 1934, Fortune magazine dubbed Annie Strong “Erie’s social dictator”
14.    Erie County Courthouse (1855), 122-132 W. 6th Street: Although they look identical, the east wing of the courthouse was built 75 years after the west wing
15.    Cathedral of St. Paul (1866), 133 W. 6th Street: Well-known African American singer/songwriter Harry T. Burleigh sang in the church choir as a boy
16.    Millionairre’s Row (1840-mid 1900s), W. 6th Street from Peach to Poplar Streets
17.    Watson-Curtze Mansion (1891), 356 W. 6th Street: The house museum features the first private elevator in Erie
18.    Garden Court (1907), 600 Block of W. 6th Street: Erie’s first subdivision established in 1907
19.    Gridley Park, W. 6th and Liberty Streets: Named for Spanish-American War hero Captain Charles V. Gridley
20.    Bayfront Promenade
21.    Dobbins Lane (1859/1989), 100 State Street: The last cobblestone street in the City of Erie



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