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. 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.

Here are some highlights from the series in the first link: Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 9, Part 10.
posted by spaltavian (5 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Not just abandoned, but never completed, in fact. Was a constant fascination for me as a child, and I was lucky enough to have a foolhardy dad with a canoe.
posted by sonascope at 7:33 PM on June 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

see also fort proctor, the only rock climbing in coastal louisiana.
posted by eustatic at 8:27 PM on June 12, 2013

Maybe I could BE a foolhardy dad with a canoe. Thanks, now I have something to aspire to.
posted by newdaddy at 8:55 PM on June 12, 2013 [6 favorites]

Reminds me of a miniature Fort Warren on Boston's Georges Island.

I hope Baltimore can find it's own Edward Rowe Snow to help save it.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 4:09 AM on June 13, 2013

There is one thing stopping me really enjoying those exploration videos. I can't fathom that that guy thought sandals and bare feet were a good idea for exploring an overgrown island full of rusted metal. It must be the fact that I'm a mother now.
posted by Joh at 11:27 AM on June 13, 2013

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