Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: America's Oldest Shot Tower

142-foot-high brick tower resembles a smokestack, but it was used to make musket balls from 1808 to 1903. Molten lead was poured from the tower top, and when it hit the water at the bottom it had formed into perfectly round balls.

Shot Tower Recreation Center

Address:
101-31 Carpenter St., Philadelphia, PA
Directions:
Shot Tower Recreation Center. Park entrance is on the north side of Carpenter St. just west of its intersection with S. Front St.
Hours:
Surrounding park and playground are open daily, but gated after dark.
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Shot Tower.

America's Oldest Shot Tower

The Shot Tower can be seen from a few blocks away. We didn't go inside the new recreation center, but enjoyed learning about the historical significance while wandering around the playground, baseball field, and small splash pad on the Shot Tower grounds.

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Mummers MuseumMummers Museum, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Grave of Rocky's Wife, Philadelphia, PA - 5 mi.

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