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Concan in Uvalde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Saltpetre Mine, C.S.A.

(6 Mi. SW)

 
 
Saltpetre Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 21, 2021
1. Saltpetre Mine Marker
Inscription.  Worked in the 1860's. Had vast deposits of bat guano, which by natural decay became saltpetre, chief ingredient of gunpowder used in the Civil War. As mixed with small parts of charcoal and sulphur, saltpetre from here powered Confederate cannon and smaller ammunition. Some was shipped east of Mississippi.

Cave inhabited by bats, source of the guano, extends about 23 miles. One room in the great bat den is 585' x 325', and has a 45' ceiling. Narrow gauge rail way with mule drawn cars was used in the digging. Cave had corrals for the mules.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 600.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 29° 30.011′ N, 99° 43.296′ W. Marker is in Concan, Texas, in Uvalde County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 127 and U.S. 83 on State Highway 127. The marker is located at a small roadside pullover off the highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 21488 TX-127, Concan TX 78838, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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Photographed By James Hulse, December 21, 2021
2. Saltpetre Mine Marker
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8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silver Mine Pass (here, next to this marker); Dry Frio Canyon (approx. 7.6 miles away); Lombardy Irrigation Ditch (approx. 9.3 miles away); Captain William Ware (approx. 13˝ miles away); Waresville Cemetery (approx. 13˝ miles away); Old Waresville (approx. 14 miles away); William Ware (approx. 14 miles away); Jones Cemetery (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Confederate Bat Guano Kiln, New Braunfels.
The Thomas Anderson mill in northwest Travis County, for example, was designated the Travis Powder Company in 1863 and obtained guano from area caves to extract saltpeter and mix it with sulfur and charcoal (produced by burning cedar trees) to manufacture gunpowder. A similar operation occurred near Concan in Uvalde County where a cave and its resident bat population fueled that region’s saltpeter industry. Miners utilized mule-drawn railcars to transport the guano. Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on January 1, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Saltpetre Mine Marker is the marker in the middle of the three markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 21, 2021
3. The Saltpetre Mine Marker is the marker in the middle of the three markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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Jan. 27, 2023