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Double Barreled Cannon

Address: Athens, GA
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Ranked #17 of 58 things to do in Athens
Type: Other
Owner description: This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.
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Type: Other
Owner description: This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.
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Bulgaria
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Southern ingenuity, or why the South didn't win the Civil War. =) Located outside the Athens municipality (city hall).

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Athens, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

You pretty much have to see this, and take your visitors too, to see this cannon, one of two things in Athens that made it onto the Ripley's Believe It Or Not pages. Nice photo op, especially in spring, when the azaleas bloom around City Hall. As a photographer, the sun is too harsh early in the morning, wait til... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is just something fun to check out. Town landmark with an interesting quirky history. Stop by read the sign and pose for a picture on your way to eat.

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Marietta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My girlfriend and I stopped by here on our first day in Athens after going by "The tree that owns itself." It is very neat! I love history so reading about it was just fantastic. If you stop by the cannon there is a parking deck a block or two up and I would suggest going to the top of... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Made during a sad period in American history, the cannon is an interesting reminder that people are always inventing devices to try to kill other people with whom they disagree. It is also a reminder that not all inventions work, and can be dangerous to the inventors! (I believe one or two were killed trying to make it fire correctly.)

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you're interested in devices designed to kill people that never worked this is a great sight. Otherwise, it's a piece of scrap iron- forget it.

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Bradenton, Florida
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126 reviews 126 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

I have to say, I never even knew such a thing was invented. Great idea but needed some work in the day. Never did get it to work properly. Great history.

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Churchville, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Its a double-barreled Cannon, what more is there to say? Close to all the action, and close to the hotel Indigo where we stayed. We walked by it a dozen times.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

That's probably why I loved it because it was a failed invention....more towns should celebrate this stuff. And, if you're a northern like me, I find it funny that the plaque doesn't call it the "Civil War" but the war between the states...at least it doesn't say the war of "Northern Aggression."

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Opelika, Alabama
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It's a cannon with two barrels. The idea was that there'd be a chain strung between the two balls, so as to cut down some Yankees on the battlefield. My FIL came all the way to Athens from Arizona to check it out for himself. As I recall the thing never worked right- they couldn't time the fuses closely enough... More 

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