Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Tampa Confederate Salt Works
Salt was an essential commodity during the Civil War because it was required for the preservation of meat and fish. When the Confederate states no longer had access to vital sources of salt in West Virginia and Louisiana, southerners compensated by boiling salt-rich seawater until all that was left was the precious residue. Florida became the regionís most important source of salt because of its expansive seashore with uncounted bays, coves, and easily concealed locations for primitive salt "factories." It has been estimated that by 1863, Florida's major salt works produced as much as 7,500 bushels each day. The New York Herald on January 5, 1864, noted "Salt works are as plentiful in Florida as blackbirds in a rice field." Salt production was so important that the Union naval attacks on salt works changed from raids of opportunity to fully-planned attacks in an effort to disrupt supplies carried by southern blockade runners.
Erected 2015 by The City of Tampa, The United Daughters of the Confederacy Tampa Chapter 113, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-850.)
Location. 27° 57.055′ N, 82° 32.763′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from West Cypress Street half a mile west of North Reo Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Cypress Point Park near the beach. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5620 West Cypress Street, Tampa FL 33607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Memorial Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Pam Callahan Nature Preserve (approx. 2.3 miles away); W.T. Edwards Hospital Complex (approx. 2.9 miles away); Congregation Schaari Zedek (approx. 3.1 miles away); George Guida (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hugh C. Macfarlane (was approx. 3.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); West Tampa Centennial (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Andres Diaz Building (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 125 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.