136 apartments for rent in Erie, PA
In 1785, a tract of unclaimed land along Lake Erie caused a heated dispute between Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. They all insisted this unclaimed area should belong to them. The disputed area was referred to as the Erie Triangle. The young federal government stepped in and the states backed off, and eventually through some purchases and agreements, the land went to Pennsylvania.
Today, this stretch of land sometimes referred to as the “chimney” of Pennsylvania is home to Erie, a small city along Lake Erie. Renting an apartment in Erie will place you about 100 miles from several major cities: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, New York. As Pennsylvania’s only lake port city, Erie is a manufacturing hub for the state. It is home to four major plastic companies.
Erie contains some beautiful historic locations that highlight its fascinating past. Land Lighthouse, built in 1818, is the oldest land lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The area just offshore of Erie is often referred to as the lake’s graveyard due to the frequent shipwrecks during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Battle of Lake Erie, which took place during the War of 1812, was also waged in the waters off the coast of Erie.
Presque Isle State Park is located on a peninsula. This park contains seven miles of coastline, 13 beaches, a marina, and 21 miles of trails. Visitors flock to the park to enjoy bird watching, boating, hiking, swimming, and biking.
Attractions in Erie include the Erie Art Museum, the Erie History Center, the Warner Theater, and the Erie Children’s Museum. The city itself wraps around the charming Perry Square. This square has been the gathering spot for residents since the city was founded in 1795. It is a lovely spot filled with statues, historical buildings, the Erie Farmers’ Market, and several annual events.