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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Shot Tower

 
 
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By Don Morfe, March 11, 2015
1. Shot Tower Marker
Inscription. First in the nation. Built 1806 by Thomas Sparks and John Bishop to make hunting shot & symbolized a new U.S. industrial independence. Bishop, a Quaker, sold his share when ammunition was made here for the War of 1812. The Sparks family stayed in control until 1903.
 
Erected 1997 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.088′ N, 75° 8.778′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Carpenter Street just west of Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Swedes' Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gloria Dei Church (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named "Gloria Dei" Church (about 800 feet away); Catherine Hanson (about 800 feet away); Washington Avenue Immigration Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Grand Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar of 1812
 
Shot Tower image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2015
2. Shot Tower
Shot Tower image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2015
3. Shot Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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