Post some unusual or less know facts about erie county here
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#1 Mar 14, 2014
I was reading some archives from the mid 1800's and found some interesting stuff. Here an interesting fact from Erie's past. When the city of Erie started to thrive, (I know, it's a shell of it's former self) roads and railroads were being built in all directions to connect Erie to other cities. While building these pathways, workers would encounter many obstacles. Trees, hills, ravines, etc. These would need to be cleared for a straight road or railway. A few of the obstacles they encountered were large mounds. Workers thinking these mounds were just natural obstacle in their way, would start to excavate. It's then they would discover these large mounds were actually man made. They were native American and pre- native American burial mounds mostly situated to the east and west of Erie. The workers would dig into the mounds and carelessly toss the bones to the side along with the excavated dirt. But when locals got word, they would arrive in hoards to witness the macabre scene. And a lot of them left with pieces of American Indians. In one account I read, children on their way home from school would stop at one of the mounds near wintergreen gorge. It wasn't uncommon to see them carrying human skulls back to their homes. I can only imagine what their parents thought when they saw little johny or suzie coming down the road with a human head in tow.
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