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Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Phoenix Shot Tower, also known as the Old Baltimore Shot Tower, is a red brick shot tower, 234.25 feet (71.40 m) 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 four that existed in Baltimore, and was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 11, 1971. It was designated as a local Baltimore City Landmark on October 14, 1975.
The Shot Tower lends its name to the nearby Shot Tower/Market Place station on the Baltimore Metro subway system's northeast line. Additionally, the original Baltimore Bullets were named in honor of its role in producing shot.
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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...  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...  more »
  • This place was amazing and such a part of history!!
  • Pretty cool place, it was nice to learn the history around what it was used for.

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