Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Springﬁeld Armory National Historic Site
Money was tight, so work on the fence proceeded slowly; begun in 1852, it was not completed until 1861. Ripley reduced some of the cost by using recycled iron from obsolete cannons. Today, the fence defines the boundary of the National Historic Site.
Originally, the main gate to the armory was on State Street, directly ahead. When the grade of State Street was lowered in the 1870s to accommodate horse-drawn cars, the entrance was transferred to the corner of State and Byers Streets. The octagonal guard house shown in the picture was built around 1875 and replaced by the present structure in 1908.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 42° 6.383′ N, 72° 34.85′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Massachusetts, in Hampden County. Marker can be reached from Federal Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the property of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. The entrance
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Innovation Continues at STCC (within shouting distance of this marker); Forging Arms for Our Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Military Presence (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Square (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Arsenal (about 500 feet away); From Arsenal to Icon (about 500 feet away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 500 feet away); Master Armorer's House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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