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Buchanan in Llano County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

C.S.A. Salt Works

 
 
C.S.A. Saltworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 30, 2011
1. C.S.A. Saltworks Marker
Inscription. Located between Tow Valley and Old Bluffton, 15 mi. NE. Since 1935 under Lake Buchanan. During Civil War made salt for table, meat preserving, diet of cavalry horses, tanning hides. A day's boiling in 100 iron 250-gallon kettles produced 20 to 30 bushels of salt. Cooled, sacked and hauled out, this met Texas' wartime shortages. First Llano County District Court was held at Salt Works. Stagecoach stand nearby. Brine here was from Cambrian Sea waters trapped 500 million years ago in sand and strata. Indians led first settler here.
 
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9435.)
 
Location. 30° 44.287′ N, 98° 26.444′ W. Marker is in Buchanan, Texas, in Llano County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 29 and State Highway 261 on State Highway 29. Click for map. Located 1 mile west of Buchanan Dam. Marker is in this post office area: Buchanan Dam TX 78609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hoover's Valley Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Antlers Hotel (approx. 5.4 miles away); Longhorn Caverns (approx. 6.5 miles away); Longhorn Cavern Administration Building
C.S.A. Saltworks Marker, context photo image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, December 30, 2011
2. C.S.A. Saltworks Marker, context photo
A bit of Lake Buchanan is visible in the distance
(approx. 6.5 miles away); Fisher - Miller - Grant (approx. 6.5 miles away); Peter Kerr 1795-1861 (approx. 9.1 miles away); Early Explorers in Llano County (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Tobey Community Cemetery (approx. 9.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Tow, TX that discusses the salt works. (Submitted on December 30, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. 1925 Tow, TX topo map which covers the salt works. This map is part of the University of Texas, Austin, Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection. Please note this map predates the creation of Buchanan Dam, finished in 1937 creating Lake Buchanan. (Submitted on January 16, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansNatural FeaturesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Photo of general area of the salt works image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, January 15, 2012
3. Photo of general area of the salt works
This photo shows the general area of Lake Buchanan where the salt works were located, now called Maxwell's Slough on maps (lat/long 30.855006,-98.43574). Photo was taken aboard the Texas Vanishing River Cruise.
 
 
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