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Riches from Seawater and Sun

 
 
Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
1. Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker
Inscription.  
THE PILINGS IN FRONT OF YOU once held structures of the Oliver Salt Company. After the gold rush, demand for salt soared for use in ore refining, livestock raising, paper pulping, and food preservation. Many former gold-seekers, including Swedish immigrant Andrew Oliver, saw a new opportunity to prosper. They diked tidal marshland to create salt evaporation ponds and began producing salt on an industrial basis.

ANDREW OLIVER built wind-powered "Archimedes screw" pumps to move salt water between his evaporation ponds. You can see the remains of some of these wooden pumps at Pond 14 here in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve.

THE OLIVER FAMILY prospered in the salt business. As sales increased, they increased production by buying out neighboring salt companies. In 1931 they sold the enterprise to the Leslie Salt Company, which became part of Cargill Corporation in 1978.

IN 2003 the State and Federal government acquired most of Cargill's holdings in the South Bay. The 15,000+ acre acquisition became the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, one of the largest ecosystem improvement

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 36.842′ N, 122° 7.787′ W. Marker is in Hayward, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Eden Landing Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hayward CA 94545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Working in the Salt Ponds (within shouting distance of this marker); First County Courthouse (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of the Nation’s First Successful Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 3.4 miles away); Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); The McConaghy Estate (approx. 3.9 miles away); Hayward Public Library (approx. 4.7 miles away); Rancho San Lorenzo (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Palmtag Building (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hayward.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the 2/3rds of the way out onto the observation platform at the former salt works in the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Distance to the marker from the trailhead parking lot to the marker is about 3/4ths of a mile along a smooth level path.
 
Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
3. Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker - wide view
Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker - wider view of viewing platform, with marker on left side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
4. Riches from Seawater and Sun Marker - wider view of viewing platform, with marker on left side
Remains of Oliver Salt Works from viewing platform image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
5. Remains of Oliver Salt Works from viewing platform
Remains of Oliver Salt Works from viewing platform image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
6. Remains of Oliver Salt Works from viewing platform
Remains of Oliver Salt Works as seen from the fooot of the viewing platform image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 6, 2021
7. Remains of Oliver Salt Works as seen from the fooot of the viewing platform
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on June 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 7, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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