Buchanan in Llano County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
C.S.A. Salt Works
Located between Tow Valley and Old Bluffton, 15 mi. NE. Since 1935 under Lake Buchanan. During Civil War made salt for table, meat preserving, diet of cavalry horses, tanning hides. A day's boiling in 100 iron 250-gallon kettles produced 20 to 30 bushels of salt. Cooled, sacked and hauled out, this met Texas' wartime shortages. First Llano County District Court was held at Salt Works. Stagecoach stand nearby. Brine here was from Cambrian Sea waters trapped 500 million years ago in sand and strata. Indians led first settler here.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 14617.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 30° 44.287′ N, 98° 26.444′ W. Marker is in Buchanan, Texas, in Llano County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 29 and State Highway 261 on State Highway 29. Located 1 mile west of Buchanan Dam. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buchanan Dam TX 78609, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Granite Industry in Llano County (a few steps from this marker); Hoover's Valley Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Antlers Hotel (approx. 5.4 miles away); McKinley Coach (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Antlers Caboose Rooms (approx. 5.4 miles away); Longhorn Caverns (approx. 6½ miles away); Longhorn Cavern Administration Building (approx. 6½ miles away); Fisher - Miller - Grant (approx. 6½ miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Tow, TX that discusses the salt works. (Submitted on December 30, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
2. 1925 Tow, TX topo map which covers the salt works. This map is part of the University of Texas, Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. Please note this map predates the creation of Buchanan Dam, finished in 1937 creating Lake Buchanan. (Submitted on January 16, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.)
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