Presque Isle: Best Restored Beache
Today, Pennsylvania's Presque Isle peninsula is protected by a series of segmented offshore breakwaters and sand fill designed by Buffalo District. In 2011, Presque Isle was selected as one of the “Best Restored Beaches” in the country by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. In 2012, Presque Isle was voted “Best Restored Park-Habitat Beach” in the country. Back in 1917, a severe storm occurred in late October causing waves to break over the neck of Presque Isle peninsula, creating a breach. A timber crib bulkhead was started in mid-November but subsequent storms widened the breach and damaged the timber structure. The winter of 1918 saw further widening of the breach. By 1920 the breach was 1,470-ft wide. Construction began on a sand fill and stone seawall. The attached photo shows construction progress near the northern end of the seawall in October 1921. The contractor was The Harbor Improvement Company of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Photo by: Andrew Kornacki |  VIRIN: 140508-A-CE999-985.JPG