Riches from Seawater and Sun
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
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); Got Salt? Without it, No Civilization or Ice Cream! (approx. 0.6 miles away); 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); Cannery Park (approx. 4 miles away); Hayward Public Library (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.
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 92 times since then and 23 times this year. 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.