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In 1783, William Watts of Bristol took out a patent for a process "for making small shot perfectly globular in form and without dimples, notches and imperfections which other shot hereto manufactured usually have on their surface".

By pouring lead into a sieve, and letting it cool as it falls, the lead forms into a perfect sphere before falling into a water tank at the bottom.
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The Shot Tower is the last remaining shot tower West of the Mississippi River.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose

location: Iowa

date approved: 9/28/2006

last visited: 6/17/2013

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Historic shot tower located along the Wisconsin River in Tower Hill State Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 6/21/2007

last visited: 9/9/2009

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