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The City of Erie
The county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania, Erie is a city of over 105,000 people. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania. It is also Pennsylvania's only Great Lakes port city.

The Iroquois and Seneca Indian tribes occupied the lands where Erie is located today. The French built Fort Presque Isle near present day Erie in 1753 as part of their effort to garrison New France against the encroaching English. The French word "Presque-isle" means peninsula and refers to that piece of land that juts into Lake Erie that is now called Presque Isle State Park. When the fort was abandoned by the French in 1760, it was their last post west of Niagara.

Erie's importance declined throughout the 1900s as trade and commercial fishing in the area drew to a close. Downtown Erie continued to grow for most of the 20th century before taking a major population downturn in the 1970s. With the advent of the automobile age, thousands of residents left Erie for the outer suburbs.

Today Erie is Pennsylvania's primary access point to Lake Erie, the Great Lakes, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The city emerged as a maritime center after the American Revolution, then as a railroad hub during the great American westward expansion. Erie became an important city for iron and steel manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution and thrived well into the 20th century with big industry. Erie is also the corporate headquarters of GE Transportation, Plastek Industries, Inc., and Erie Insurance Group. Lord Corporation was founded and has major operations in Erie. Over 10% of the nation's plastics are manufactured or finished in Erie-based plastics plants. Erie is an emerging center for biofuels and environmental research, producing over 45 million gallons of biofuel a year.

Tourism plays an increasingly important role in the local economy with over 4 million people visiting Presque Isle State Park and other attractions. Canadian shoppers frequent the Millcreek Mall and Peach Street stores and attractions, mostly because of Pennsylvania's tax exemption on clothing.

Interesting facts about Erie include:
- Erie County is the third largest grape growing area in the U.S.
- Erie is centrally located and is only a two hour drive to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Canada.
- The restored U.S. Brig Niagara, which was a relief flagship of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry during the War of 1812, makes the waters of Presque Isle Bay her home.
- Erie has been home to many famous people including: Pat Monahan of the band "Train"; Homeland Security Director and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; Ann B. Davis who played Alice in "The Brady Bunch"; Harry T. Burleigh, composer, arranger and musician who wrote "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;" Olympic figure skater Caryn Kadavy; astronaut Paul Weitz; and Olympic wrestler Bruce Baumgartner.
- Some of the best fishing in the region takes place in Lake Erie and its tributaries. Field and Stream Magazine ranks Presque Isle "one of the top 20 family fishing spots in the nation." An average of 1.5 million fish are caught each year in the area.
- Erie is also experiencing substantial growth as a regional shopping center, with visitors from nearby states and Canada taking advantage of the lack of state sales tax on food and clothing.

Erie International Airport - Tom Ridge Field (ERI/KERI)
Located just five miles west of downtown Erie, the Erie International Airport is recognized as the fastest growing airport in Pennsylvania and is the gateway airport to Northwestern Pennsylvania and Erie County. It is served by a number of major airlines, and currently serves over 150,000 passengers a year. Erie International is in the process of a major expansion program. The plan includes expanding runway 6/24, establishing a relationship with an airport in Germany to create a major cargo bridge, and attracting new airlines offering service to more destinations. The terminal is very navigable and has virtually no wait at the security checkpoint. The airport has three jetways that are used by all the airlines that serve the airport.

Location: 42° 04' 55" N 80° 10' 34" W
Elevation: 733 ft.
Runways: 6/24: 6,500 x 150 ft.
Standard Time Zone: GMT-5 (DST: GMT-4)

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SimAirline.net Flights to/from Erie
Continental: Cleveland
Delta: Atlanta, Cincinnati
Northwest: Detroit


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