Even though we knew the tunnels wouldn't have extended way out across the neighborhood, we wanted to believe they did, and took every opportunity to blame any sinking soil (even a larger than normal pothole) on the tunnels just to promote the legend. So great!!
And here is one of the earliest paintings of the Allegheny Arsenal. Lyle Byers, a very good friend of mine who knew of my interest in Lawrenceville cut this out of a magazine and my wife framed it for me. The caption in the magazine was copied below.
|"This striking painting depicts the Allegheny Arsenal designed by Benjamin Latrobe (1764-1820), chief architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, in 1812. The arsenal was built by the federal government to supply ordinance for the country's westward expansion. It was located on land purchased from Col. William Foster, father of songwriter Stephen Foster. Manufacturing ceased in 1868 but the buildings continued as army storage, then were abandoned by the government at the turn of the century. Depicted from the Butler Street side, this view shows the main arsenal in the center flanked by officers' quarters."|
AND NOW , FOR THE GOODS!
Here are some photos of cannonballs that were manufactured in the Arsenal, including for the Union Army during the Civil War . Basically they are cast iron construction with a chamber in the middle for round shot and an opening for the fuse. Some were constructed with a channel connecting the fuse opening with the shot chamber, and the fuse could be made to a specific length to detonate upon the timed arrival.
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And here are some other miscellaneous artifacts found by the current owners of Arsenal Terminal, including a heavy duty steel plate and and square nut configuration with some cut nails, and a piece of cowbone that was just found this spring when they were replacing some of the original brick sewers which had collapsed.