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 (
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 (
9.    Erie Art Museum, on 5th Street between State and French Streets (
10.    expERIEnce Children’s Museum, 420 French Street (
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

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

April 20, 2012