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The Shot Tower - Dubuque, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose
N 42° 30.007 W 090° 39.247
15T E 692756 N 4707972
Quick Description: The Shot Tower is the last remaining shot tower West of the Mississippi River.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 9/28/2006 7:08:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMRNA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Crystal Sound
Views: 175

Long Description:
The Shot Tower was built in 1856. Molten lead was poured from the top of the tower, through seives to form the shot into its various sizes, and then it landed in a tank of water at the bottom.

Lead from nearby mines was shipped to St. Louis where most of the lead shot used in the midwest was produced. This shot tower was built in an attempt to break the St. Louis monopoly. St. Louis then cut it's prices to below production cost. The Dubuque Shot Tower's business was destroyed in 3 years. A later attempt to restart the business resulted in the St. Louis company purchasing the shot tower and then they abandoned it.

The shot tower was used as a fire watchtower for The Standard Lumber Company from the early 1880's until 1911 when a fire destroyed the lumber yard. It stood deserted from 1911 to 1959 when the Dubuque County Historical Society restored the stone and brick tower.

The Shot Tower stands 122 ft high. The width of each side at the base is 19 ft, and at the top the width is 12 ft. The lower portion of the tower is locally quarried Dolomite (Limestone). It extends upwards 83 feet. The remaining 38 ft is brick masonry. The 16 foot-high roofed "house" that sat on top of the 122 ft tower is no longer there.

From: 01/01/1857

To: 01/01/1860

Historical Purpose: George W. Rogers and Company

Open to the public: No

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