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PENNSYLVANIA POORHOUSE HISTORY by county

Caption:  ERIE COUNTY HOME, ERIE, PA.

Here is another (much more artistic) image of the building, which is a lithographed drawing on the Erie County USGenWeb site. 

 "Just to add some clarification. In Erie County we had an Almshouse (Poorhouse) located in an area that today is near 23rd and Pittsburg Ave (Millcreek Twp - City of Erie border). That building was the 3 story structure shown in the lithograph and also in [the top] one of your two posted photos.
     Then sometime around 1900, the building which is two stories, and is the one shown in your top photo, was built in Fairview Township. That building still exists, although it is today a private nursing home."
     Bill Klauk
     Volunteer Coordinator, Erie Co (PA) USGenWeb/PAGenWeb site

    

And ... finally ... we have an actual photograph below !
... (from a postcard) 
of the two story later building

Caption:  Erie County Home, Girard, PA

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LOCAL NOTES:

"Today, that building is Pleasant Ridge Manor West -- a privately  run nursing home."
     Bill Klauk [billklauk@worldnet.att.net

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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RECORDS:

 List of Veterans who were residing in the Erie County Alms House according to: the 1890 SPECIAL SCHEDULE--SURVIVING SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES, AND WIDOWS

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CEMETERIES:

Please visit this wonderful website for the:

Old ALMSHOUSE Cemetery
DOBLER FARM, BLAIR ROAD, FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, ERIE COUNTY, PA

It contains photographs and the sad and fascinating history of the cemetery as recorded on the stone memorial in the current memorial garden and the inscription on the (May 27, 1994) dedication plaque.

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in ERIE county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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