Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Phoenix Shot Tower
The Tower produced as many as 500,000 25-pound bags of shot a year, and was one of the largest suppliers in the nation. Despite technological improvements, the principle of the “drop method” is still applied in the production of small shot. Modern towers less handsome and less sturdy have spouted up in California, Illinois and Oklahoma.
Shot was produced here until 1892, when rising cost forced the owners to abandon the tower. When the tower was threatened with demolition in 1921, a group of citizens purchased it and presented it to the City for preservation. It was converted into a museum in 1977 and forms the centerpiece of Shot Tower Park, in startling contrast to 9 North Front Street, the historic house at its side.
The tower was built with more than one million bricks. It was constructed
Erected by the City of Baltimore, N. Plovsky & Son, Inc. Sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2005, Martin O'Malley, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 39° 17.447′ N, 76° 36.332′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Fayette Street and Front Street, on the right when traveling east on Fayette Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church, Baltimore (here, next to this marker); 9 North Front Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Police Department (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent de Paul Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named St. Vincent de Paul Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Cast-Iron Façade (about 700 feet away, measured in Baltimore's Great Fire (about 700 feet away); Fish Market (about 700 feet away); Cistern (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1017 - 1021 East Baltimore Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Notable Buildings •
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