Lake Erie: A Pictorial History

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To create this unprecedented collection of photographs and essays, the authors spent years visiting museums and archives. They interviewed Lake Erie experts, from professional historians to long-time residents. The result is a remarkable portrait of daily life, industry and commerce on this dynamic Great Lake.

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and unleashed the financial potential of the American interior. The industrialists who located factories with ready access to raw materials soon became legends: Rockefeller, Sherwin and Williams, B.F. Goodrich, Carnegie, Frick, Mellon and many others.

The book is divided into chapters covering:

  • The lake's prehistory
  • Early settlement
  • Role in the American Revolution
  • Economic boom from 1815 to 1880
  • High Industrial period from 1880 to 1945
  • History of dramatic storms, shipwrecks
  • Role in the Underground Railroad and Prohibition
  • Wealth of flora and fauna.


With more than 300 archival photographs and informative captions, the book offers a fascinating portrait of Lake Erie's history, culture and unexpected charms.

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