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Eli Whitney Gun Factory

  • Also Known As: Eli Whitney Museum

  • Address: 915 - 940 Whitney Ave
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1798/09/17 Eli Whitney Owner After Eli Whitney secures a contract for 10,000 (or possible 15,000) precision made muskets for the US Government, Whitney buys land for a gun factory. Whitney promises to begin delivering weapons made with precise interchangeable parts by 1800.
1801/01/00 Eli Whitney Manufacture After a year delay, Whitney demonstrates his, supposedly, precision made guns to public officials. Although, the US government provides additional funds, Whitney's guns are actually made by hand and the parts are not interchangeable.
1801/01/00 John Adams Spectator After a year delay, Whitney demonstrates his, supposedly, precision made guns to public officials. Although, the US government provides additional funds, Whitney's guns are actually made by hand and the parts are not interchangeable.
1801/01/00 Thomas Jefferson Spectator After a year delay, Whitney demonstrates his, supposedly, precision made guns to public officials. Although, the US government provides additional funds, Whitney's guns are actually made by hand and the parts are not interchangeable.
1809/00/00 Eli Whitney Manufacture Eli Whitney delvers the last of the 10,000 'precision made' gun order to the US government. Crafted by hand, Whitney's surviving muskets prove that they are not particularly well made.

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Particulars for Eli Whitney Gun Factory:
Cultural Affiliation American Industrial
Weapon Firearms
Area of Significance Industry
Criteria Information Potential
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Sight Category Site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 74002049
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry
Applicable Criteria: Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: American,industrial
Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1850-1874, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1798, 1860
Historic Function: Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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