Monday, May 20, 2013

Erie Centennial Festivities Open

The Erie Centennial Festivities began with a bang on August 11, 1951, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Erie, PA. The celebration made the front page of the Erie Dispatch. Look closely at events that shaped the history of Erie, including the Wayne Blockhouse, the U.S. Brig Niagara, Presque Isle Lighthouse, the Custom House, the Erie Extension Canal, the Millcreek Flood, Vet's Hospital, the Erie Stadium (Veteran's Memorial Stadium) and a salute to veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict. 

Events were reported in the Erie Dispatch and WICU TV, shown in the center. 

I'm not sure why it's included here, but the Atomic Bomb is illustrated on the right. Any theories on this one?

Here's a souvenir from the Erie Centennial:

Enjoy more historic facts and photos of Erie, PA at:

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting stuff, Debbi! My guess on the atomic bomb is that, at the time, it made things look modern. Everything was atomic back then. I don't think they fully realized the negative impact of radiation yet.