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"Phoenix Shot Tower, aka Old Baltimore Shot Tower" Top 5 Page for this destination Shot Tower Tip by grandmaR

Shot Tower, Baltimore: 2 reviews and 7 photos

  From the water taxi - is this it?
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      From the water taxi - is this it?
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  • Photo from National Registry of Historic Places - Baltimore
      Photo from National Registry of Historic Places
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  • This isn't it - it is a smokestack - Baltimore
      This isn't it - it is a smokestack
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  • From a cruise ship - is this it? - Baltimore
      From a cruise ship - is this it?
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Over 234 feet high, the Shot Tower was the tallest structure in the United States until after the Civil War when the Washington Monument in D.C. was finished. They needed the height because molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower through a sieve and into cold water. This was a relatively labor free way to make round pieces of lead shot. As the pieces of lead fell, they became round. After it was cool, it was dried, polished, and sorted into 25-pound bags.

The Shot Tower was a lead shot manufacturing facility from 1828 to 1892. It is at southeast corner of Fayette and Front Sts.

It was the shot tower that gave the former Baltimore pro basketball team its name (Baltimore Bullets). The team moved to Washington D.C., and the name was considered to be not politically correct because of the high murder rate in DC, so it has recently been changed to the Wizards (making the name alliterative again).

Today only four shot towers remain in existence. Of these four, the Shot Tower is an outstanding example and is a National Historic Landmark. I had a photo that I thought was the shot tower, but when I looked at the web site, it turned out to be just some factory chimney or other.

According to the National Historic Landmark website, the shot tower is closed to the public. But now it is under the control of Carroll Museums. Phoenix Shot Tower Tours depart from the Carroll Mansion every Saturday and Sunday promptly at 4pm. All visitors must meet the docent at the Mansion by 4pm to participate.


$5 -- Adults
$4 -- Children (6 -18)
$4 -- Seniors (65+)
$4 -- Students (with ID)
$4 -- Military (with ID)
Free -- Children (under 6)

Phone: | 410.605.2964

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2012
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  • akkipaa's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Wow, I just made a tip about shot tower (my Tampere pages) and noticed now that I am not the only writer about, nice one you have here. I try to find more of style.


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