Thursday, April 21, 2011

Put-In-Bay, Ohio

The 352’ pink granite Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial welcomes visitors to the 317’ observation deck.  From there they view the western lake Erie islands, and on a clear day the Ohio, Michigan, and Canadian mainland.  Completed in 1915 and operated by the National Park Service, the monument commemorates Commodore Oliver H. Perry’s great naval victory in the war of 18912 and the long lasting friendship with our Canadian neighbors.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
National Park Service
Put-in-Bay, Ohio
The flood-lighted 352 foot Greek doric column overlooks Put-in-Bay harbor. The Memorial is dedicated to Commodore Oliver hazard Perry’s naval victory in the Battle of lake Erie during the War of 1812 and to the ensuing period of peace between the nations involved.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is silhouetted against the twilight summer day.
The observation deck atop the 352’ pink granite memorial affords visitors a spectacular view of the western Lake Erie island area.
Completed in 1915 and designated a national monument in 1936, it is operated by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

After four years of construction, the 825 room Victory Hotel opened on June 29, 1892 on the present day sight of the South Bass Island State Park Campgrounds.  Guests arrived on steamships at the Put-in-Bay harbor and completed their journey via the electric streetcar..  In the early evening of August 14, 1919, a spectacular fire reduced the grand hotel to its foundation.  Today the swimming pook, the Victory statue pedestal, parts of the foundation and some sidewalks are explored by park visitors.

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