Erie county is located in northern Ohio on the shores of, naturally enough, Lake Erie and calls Sandusky its county seat. The county population on July 1, 1999, was 77,893, an increase of 1,112 over the 1990 census.
The most significant attractions in the county are the Cedar Point Amusement Park and the Lake Erie Islands near Sandusky. Other points of interest include Thomas Edison's birthplace near Berlin Heights in the eastern part of the county.
Of historical importance are the G. A. Boeckling, a side-paddlewheel steamboat docked in Sandusky, the Bavarian Brewery, the Boy with the Boot Fountain and the Red Popcorn Wagon, also in Sandusky and Old Jib's Corner, the Sail Loft, the Stagecoach Inn and the Steamboat Hotel in Vermilion (northeast county area).