“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Corpus Christi in Nueces County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of Old Salt Mill

Site of Old Salt Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, May 23, 2019
1. Site of Old Salt Mill Marker
Inscription.  One of the earliest industries in Corpus Christi was a mill erected at this site by Captain John Anderson (1813-1898), a Swedish-born seafarer who brought his family to Texas in 1852. Anderson built a house here in the 1850s, when this property was on the waterfront. The mill may have been constructed at that time, although some sources claim that it was not in operation until the 1870s.

The wind-powered mill ground salt and corn and cut wood. Chunks of salt were gathered from the shores of Laguna Madre and salt water ponds in the summer and transported here by boat. Much of it was ground fine for table salt and shipped to distant markets. The coarse-grained salt was used in preserving meat and curing hides at the many packing plants that flourished along the Texas coast after the Civil War (1861-1865). The Anderson Mill supplied needed products to Corpus Christi citizens and provided employment for mill workers and freighters.

In 1900 the Anderson family demolished the windmill and built a two story residence here. The structure was sold in 1911 to become part of the Nueces Hotel, completed in 1913. The old hotel was razed
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Photographed By Jim Evans, May 23, 2019
2. Site of Old Salt Mill
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after it was damaged by hurricane Celia in 1970.
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6334.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 27° 47.833′ N, 97° 23.567′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on North Water Street north of Peoples Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 North Water Street, Corpus Christi TX 78401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Nueces Hotel (a few steps from this marker); 1966 Farm Workers Rally and March (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Selena Memorial (about 600 feet away); Gutzon Borglum and the Corpus Christi Bayfront (about 800 feet away); 1941 Corpus Christi Seawall (about 800 feet away); Niña (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artesian Park and Sulphur Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corpus Christi (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 28, 2022