Fort Carroll - Forgotten Guardian
June 12, 2013 6:18 PM Subscribe
Fort Carroll is an abandoned Army fort on an artificial island in Baltimore's harbor.
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Robert E. Lee designed its hexagonal structure and supervised its construction, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commenced in 1848. The fort was declared defunct in 1921, having never seen combat. Sitting in the middle of the Patapsco River, it can be seen clearly from the Key Bridge (named after a witness to an event at Baltimore's more famous fort
), but rarely is it seen up close
. Certainly, it helps if you have a boat
Schemes for the island since decommissioning have all fell through. In the 1950s, the enterprising Benjamin Eisenberg hoped to build a hotel and casino on the 3.5 acre island.
That plan was stymied when it was determined the fort was located
not in Anne Arundel County or Baltimore City (where slots were legal at the time), but in Baltimore County, where they were not. The island is now overrun with birds, and the State of Maryland is seeking historic status for the island.
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