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St. Louis Shot Tower

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St. Louis Shot Tower
February 23, 2010 06:09PM
I recently found a small lead bar stamped with the name "St. Louis Shot Tower" in one of my local bullet patches. Anyone else find something like this ever?

Bob Kononiuk

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Cool!! Thansk for the info y'allclap (n/t)
February 24, 2010 07:25PM
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Bob Kononiuk
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417 Relic Hunters
Springfield Missouri Metal Detecting Club
Southwest Missouri Metal Detecting Club

I believe the Granby mines supplied St. Louis Shot Tower
February 23, 2010 09:28PM
These are records of lead shipped by Blow & Kennett from Granby in Newton County, Mis­souri, to points on the Osage and Missouri rivers, and to stations on the Pacific Railroad and the South West Branch of the Pacific Railroad. The records include the names of teamsters and to­tals of lead received by forwarding agents and on hand at Granby.

The Blow & Kennett Mining Company was the largest concern oper­ating in the min­eral district of southwestern Missouri before the Civil War. The company was formed by Pe­ter E. Blow and F. B. Kennett to operate mines and smelters on lands leased from the Atlantic and Pa­cific Railroad. Their holdings centered on grounds which became the site of Granby. Blow & Kennett operated six Scotch hearth smelters in which they handled the product of their own mines as well as ore purchased from smaller operators. By 1861, the company had refined thirty?five million pounds of lead. The Civil War seriously curtailed production, al­though both sides used lead from the region. F. B. Kennett left the business in 1865, after which it was re­or­ganized by Peter E. Blow and others as the Granby Mining Company.

The record book for shipments by Blow & Kennett is a printed, ledger?size volume. The pages bear the printed heading “Lead, shipped by Blow & Kennett, from Granby, Newton Co., Mo.” There are columns on each page for the date of the shipment, the teamster by whom the lead was shipped, advance payments to drivers, and the amount of lead, in “pigs” de­livered to freight and shipping agents at Jefferson City, Linn Creek, and Boonville.

The cover and beginning pages are missing from the volume. The earliest entry extant is 22 April 1858. The last entry was made on 22 January 1861. Beginning in July 1858, additional shipping points are noted. They include Warsaw, California, Syracuse, and Tipton in 1858, Springfield, Osceola, Greenfield, and Little York in 1859, and James­town (St. James), Dillon, and Rolla in 1860. There were also occa­sional shipments to Kansas City, and Van Buren, Ark. Running totals were kept for the amount of lead shipped to each point. The latter part of the vol­ume lists receipts for lead received by freight and forwarding agents. Among those han­dling Blow & Kennett’s lead were McClurg, Murphy & Company at Linn Creek, Orrick Brewster & Company at Boonville, William E. Trett & Company at Warsaw, and Cloney, Crawford & Com­pany at Jefferson City. Shipments on the Pacific and South West Branch railroad lines are noted under the names of the freight agents. Some sales of lead are also noted in the last section of the volume. Customers included the St. Louis Shot Tower Com­pany, The City of St. Louis, Waters & Fox, R. Conkling & Company, and the Collier Com­pany.

Jeffery Denning
That's a cool find Bob!! (n/t)
February 23, 2010 09:08PM
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Re: St. Louis Shot Tower
February 23, 2010 08:50PM
Lead bars were used for making field cast bullets, as a matter of fact some rifles, pistols may have had to make their own bullets. One good example would be the Demmick sporting rifle. Ironically it was made in St. Louis. This rifle was used as a sharpshooting rifle in the Civil War.
The 14th Missouri, Birges Western Sharpshooters used Demmick rifles. Quantities of lead had to be kept on hand to make the field cast bullets,
each rifle was a little different from the other and each needed supplies of lead.

Granby Mo. produced large quantities of lead but not until the Civil War era did it
produce great amounts. Two very large lead bars made at the Granby lead mine If I remember right are at the Sweeney Museum at Wilson's Creek Park. They were found by Gene Lyons and Avery Broyles back in the 70's near Zagony park. These bars are very large, probably 50 lbs or more each. Gen. Sterling Price got lead from the Granby mines. I think some of the old mine shafts are still around there? Can you post a pic of it? Here is info on the St Louis Shot Tower.

The St. Louis Arsenal produced bullets, like the 36 caliber Teardrop for example. I have found several lead bars, but only a couple with writing molded on it. In the early 1800's there was not much in the way of supplies available this far southwest, this area belonged to the Indians until they were removed in the 1820's. With the frontier now opening up many came and had to bring their own lead, powder, etc.. Great find Bob,
congrats. I will add a picture of a Demmick field cast bullet that I dug in Spfld.

St. Louis Shot Tower
St. Louis, MO

As St. Louis' industries grew and the town was exploding with population along with outlining settlements involved with the Westward Movement, it was only natural that a shot tower was needed to fill the demand. Ferdinand Kennett saw the chance for an enterprising person to become wealthy and with partners like his brother Luther and James White it wasn't long that his dream was fulfilled. By 1836 the Saint Louis Shot Tower Company had purchased the J. H. Alford Company, it's warehouse and shot tower in Herculaneum and by 1840 formed a partnership with John Latty to make shot and form a new company - F. Kennett & Company.

The company had become a co-partnership as it expanded with several silent and named partners, by 1854 Ferdinand Kennett had completed his dream and retired an exceptionally successful man.

The St. Louis Shot Tower supplied large quantities of lead shot, trade balls, and small lead bars to the frontier, mentioning firms like Chouteau, Merle and Sanford, and Chouteau and Valle. A number of one pound lead bars, parts of lead bars and the 1/2 pound lead bars have been found in present day Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado

In a five month period the shot tower was capable of producing:
79,775 bags or 1,994,375 pounds of varied sizes of shot and round balls.
1714 bags or 428,460 pounds of lead bars. A total of shot and lead in five months or 2,422,835 pounds.



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