Bombproofs

Bombproofs (HM7WQ)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 15.806', W 76° 34.773'

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The arched chambers on either side of the sally port are identical bomb shelters for the fort's soldiers. They were built immediately after the bombardment of 1814, when it became obvious that such places were needed. Fortunately, Fort McHenry was never shelled again, and the bombproofs were never used for their intended purpose.Contrary to popular belief, the underground rooms in and around the star fort are not "dungeons," despite their iron gates and dark narrow entrances. Bombproofs and magazines were built to protect personnel and ammunition from enemy artillery fire.
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HM NumberHM7WQ
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Fort McHenry series
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 7:44am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363729 N 4347199
Decimal Degrees39.26343333, -76.57955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.806', W 76° 34.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.36" N, 76° 34' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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