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This is a great article about Fort Carroll. It is a shame to just let it rot away.


http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/042007/04142007/274815/index_html?page=1
There have been proposals over the years, notably a maximum security prison and a casino, but the small size and boat-only access has quashed those ideas. The place might get more attention if it had ever fired a shot in anger. It is very similar to Fort Sumpter in SC, but it never repelled anything of note. At this point, the birds seem to find it useful.
 

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There was a huge bronze statue of Christopher Columbus designed by a Russian artist that was proposed for Ft. Carroll sometime back in the 90's. I believe it's taller than the Statue of Liberty. Anyway, obviously, it never happened, and I believe it ended up in Puerto Rico.
I remember that incident. The pictures of the thing were just horrifying...and...it would have been something like 350 feet tall, probably visible from Ocean City. I think that the artist shopped around, trying to give it to several different places before it landed in Puerto Rico.
 
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