In the distance at photo time, the steel mill was being disassembled
and prepared for the next resident, Tradepoint.
Having learned from British bombs bursting in air over Fort McHenry,
during the 1840s the US military created an artificial island a few
miles southeast of Baltimore's harbor, then placed Fort Carroll atop it.
After submarines and
ICBMs obviated it, the outpost was sold during the 1950s to the Eisenberg
family, who envisioned remaking it into a casino. Those plans were dashed
when a judge ruled Fort Carroll is not located in Anne Arundel County,
where slot machines were legal, but rather in Baltimore County, where they
were not. County and city borders both make an unusual jog in this vicinity,
one exploited by Jimmy McNulty in season 2 of The Wire.
photos on Fort Carroll