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Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore

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The Phoenix Shot Tower, also known as the Old Baltimore Shot Tower, is a red brick shot tower, 234.25ft tall, located near the downtown, Jonestown (also known later as Old Town), and Little Italy communities of East Baltimore, in Maryland. When it was completed in 1828 it was the tallest structure in the United States. The tower was originally known as the "Phoenix Shot Tower", then the "Merchants' Shot Tower", and now is also sometimes called the "Old Baltimore Shot Tower". It is the only surviving shot tower among three that existed in Baltimore, and was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 11, 1971.
The Shot Tower lends its name to the nearby Shot Tower/Market Place station on the Baltimore Metro subway system's northeast line.
The tower was built by Jacob Wolfe using bricks manufactured by the Burns and Russell Company of Baltimore. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, a Roman Catholic lay leader and wealthiest man in America at that time, laid its cornerstone.
The circular brick structure's walls are 4.5ft thick from the bottom to about 50ft up; then they narrow in stages of 4in each, until reaching a thickness of 21in at the top.
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  • These towers were used for creating lead shot by dropping molten lead from the top and into cold water where they would solidify into perfect round shapes. Baltimore had three at one time and there ar...  more »
  • This past Saturday, my husband and I were able to visit the Phoenix Shot Tower, also known as the Old Baltimore Shot Tower, which is a red brick shot tower, 234 feet tall, at the foot of the Jones Fal...  more »
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  • Great monument from the early years of the states. Impressed me how big it is and how 'easy' the technology and the production was.
  • Pretty cool place, it was nice to learn the history around what it was used for.

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