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Fort Carroll

Baltimore, Maryland USA

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“An abandoned fort on a desolate island...”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Fort Carroll is a 3.4-acre (1.4 ha) artificial island and abandoned fort in the middle of the Patapsco River, just south of Baltimore, Maryland. It is named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1847, the State of Maryland gave permission to the United States War Department to construct a fort in the shallow water of Soller’s Point Flats to protect the city of Baltimore. Fort Carroll was important for the defense of Baltimore — before the fort was created, Fort McHenry, just outside the city, was the only military defensive structure between Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay. The fort was part of the "Permanent System" or Third System construction program, which aimed to defend America’s most important ports. In March 1921 the Army officially abandoned Fort Carroll and moved whatever military equipment was left to nearby Fort Howard. The War Department declared the island excess property in 1923, but took no immediate steps to sell the land. A variety of proposals for the use of the island were advanced, including a prison, as well as a 1923 plan advanced by Baltimore mayor William Broening to place an electric "Welcome to Baltimore" sign on the island, accompanied by a statue of Lord Baltimore. In World War II the Army used the fort as a firing range. It also served as a checkpoint for vessels. In May 1958, Baltimore attorney Benjamin Eisenberg purchased the island for $10,000, intending to put a casino on the island, but development plans never materialized. The fort is now deserted and the habitat for various animals. It is also a site for occasional urban explorations.

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December 24, 2014
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It is very difficult to get a good view of the interior of Fort Carroll even from the bridge or a boat. So I took my flying camera over the fort last month and posted it at the following link. It looks like someone might have sprayed herbicide because now there appears to be less vegetation overgrowth.
Fort Carroll = http://youtu.be/Nv69ltUegME

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Fort Carroll

Baltimore, Maryland

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