Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Tampa Confederate Salt Works
Salt was an essential commodity during the Civil War because it was required for the preservation of meat and fish. When the Confederate states no longer had access to vital sources of salt in West Virginia and Louisiana, southerners compensated by boiling salt-rich seawater until all that was left was the precious residue. Florida became the region’s most important source of salt because of its expansive seashore with uncounted bays, coves, and easily concealed locations for primitive salt "factories." It has been estimated that by 1863, Florida's major salt works produced as much as 7,500 bushels each day. The New York Herald on January 5, 1864, noted "Salt works are as plentiful in Florida as blackbirds in a rice field." Salt production was so important that the Union naval attacks on salt works changed from raids of opportunity to fully-planned attacks in an effort to disrupt supplies carried by southern blockade runners.
Erected 2015 by The City of Tampa, The United Daughters of the Confederacy Tampa Chapter 113, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-850.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil.
Location. 27° 57.055′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5620 West Cypress Street, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Pam Callahan Nature Preserve (approx. 2.3 miles away); Carver City-Lincoln Gardens (approx. 2˝ miles away); W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex (approx. 2.9 miles away); William Benton Henderson (approx. 3.1 miles away); Congregation Schaari Zedek (approx. 3.1 miles away); George Guida (approx. 3.2 miles away); West Tampa Centennial (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.