“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Hampden County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Armory Fence

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Armory Fence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 22, 2013
1. Armory Fence Marker
Inscription. James W. Ripley, who had such a lasting influence on the Armory’s development, was also responsible for the east-iron fence which extends well over a mile around Armory Square. Partly decorative, the fence also had a security function, being intended to keep out angry townspeople antagonized by Ripley’s policies.

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
Armory Fence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 22, 2013
2. Armory Fence Marker
is now on Federal Street. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield MA 01105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Main Arsenal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 500 feet away); Master Armorer's House (about 600 feet away); Commanding Officer's House (about 700 feet away); Hay Road (about 800 feet away); Shays’ Rebellion (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hessian Encampment (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2013. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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