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Phoenix Shot Tower

801 E. Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Phoenix Shot Tower was named for the lead shot that was manufactured there from 1828 to 1892. Molten lead was dropped from a platform at the top of the tower, traveling through a colander-like device into a vat of cold water to create the shot. Annually, the tower produced 2.5 million pounds of shot, used for small game hunting. At over 234 feet tall, it was the tallest structure in the United States for nearly two decades. Although the tower was slated for demolition in 1921, a group of Baltimore citizens banded together to save the building, purchasing it in 1924 and later donating it to the city to be preserved.

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