Lake Erie

Lake Erie

A Pictorial History

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
More than three hundred photographs and informative essays chronicle the history of Lake Erie, capturing the daily life, commerce, flora and fauna, industry, and culture of the region from prehistory and early settlement, through the rise of the United States and the industrial boom of the early twentieth century, to the present day.

Firefly Books Ltd
A pictorial portrait of the social history and geography of Lake Erie based on historical research and interviews with longtime residents and covering daily life, industry and commerce and notable events.

A detailed and richly illustrated history.

To create this unprecedented collection of photographs and essays, the authors spent years visiting museums and archives, and interviewed Lake Erie experts, from professional historians to longtime residents. The result is Lake Erie 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, Henry Wells and William Fargo, Sherwin and Williams, Charles Brush and Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, Carnegie, Frick, Westinghouse and Mellon.

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

Book News
The Toronto-base couple follow their Looking for Lake Erie travel book with a collection of illustrations beginning with prehistoric artifacts and rock carvings. Covering both the American and Canadian shores, they trace the history of the lake through war, boom times, the Underground Railroad, the industrial revolution, storms and shipwrecks, leisure, and wildlife. The illustrations are black-and-white. Distributed by Firefly Books. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, c2004
ISBN: 9781550463613
Branch Call Number: 977.12 SOB
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Sobol, Ken


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