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Saltsburg in Indiana County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saltsburg Canal Park

 
 
Saltsburg Canal Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 5, 2011
1. Saltsburg Canal Park Marker
Inscription. Site of Pennsylvania main line canal 1829-1864
In Saltsburg were two boatyards, warehouses, lift lock number 8 and A turning basin. Salt was shipped from wells nearby. Passengers traveled on packet boats. One of these was owned and operated by J.M. Marshall of Saltsburg.
This site is listed on the Pennsylvania inventory of historic places. This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 40° 29.18′ N, 79° 27.112′ W. Marker is in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, in Indiana County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (Pennsylvania Route 286) and West Penn Trail, on the right when traveling west on Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saltsburg PA 15681, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saltsburg (a few steps from this marker); The Rivers' Edge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chalmers "Slick" Goodlin (approx. 6.4 miles away); Thomas F. Gallagher (approx.
Saltsburg Canal Park Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 5, 2011
2. Saltsburg Canal Park Historic Places Marker
6.4 miles away); Bushy Run (approx. 8.1 miles away); Nellie Bly (approx. 9 miles away); Fort Hand (approx. 9.1 miles away); St Gertrude Roman Catholic Church (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saltsburg.
 
Also see . . .  Visit Saltsburg. (Submitted on November 8, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Saltsburg Map image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 5, 2011
3. Saltsburg Map
From Beers atlas, depicting Saltsburg in 1871
Great Salt Works image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 5, 2011
4. Great Salt Works
Saltsburg Incorporated 1838 Named for the many salt works in the vicinity Great Salt Works Salt Industry The most outstanding early industry in Indiana County was the manufacturing of salt in the Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh Valley. The commercial production of salt began here in 1813. By 1816 a major salt boom was underway with 8 wells and 14 furnaces working and produced 100 bushels of salt per day by evaporation. The salt boom resulted in the founding of a new town called Saltsburg in the fall of 1816 by Andrew Boggs, who was one of the early operators of the salt works in the area. Saltsburg quickly developed due to the salt industry and to the opening of the Western Division of the Pennsylvania Canal through the town in 1829. Saltsburg was incorporated as a borough on April 16, 1838. By 1830 there were over 21 salt work within 2 miles of Saltsburg. The average salt works produced one bushel of salt from 80 gallons of water (brine). Donated by the Saltsburg Area Branch Historical Society Inc., of Indiana County
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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