Sparks Shot Tower

Sparks Shot TowerThe Sparks Shot Tower is a historic shot tower located at 129-131 Carpenter Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

According to the historic marker near the foot of this tower:

First in the nation. Built 1808 by Thomas Sparks and John Bishop to make hunting shot. It 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.

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3 Responses to Sparks Shot Tower

  1. Old NFO says:

    I doubt that many will even know what that means… But interesting that it’s still standing! Here’s a 1950 Brit video on how it was actually done-

  2. Joe says:

    I knew you would get a kick out of it. Thanks for the video!

  3. Old NFO says:

    You are most welcome!

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