Near Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In the 1880s, the saline deposits of Soda lake were mined for use at nearby cattle ranches as salt licks or for preserving meat. Prior to 1908, the Carrisa Chemical Company constructed a 600 ton per month capacity processing plant to recover sodium sulfate, used primarily in the production of craft paper, detergents, and glass. They also built a narrow-gauge railroad which started at the lake and ended at the base of the Temblor Mountains. Mineral production ceased in the 1950s and the railroad was removed.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 35° 14.41′ N, 119° 54.18′ W. Marker is near Santa Margarita, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from Soda Lake Road near Seven Mile Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17495 Soda Lake Road, Santa Margarita CA 93453, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Wallace Creek (approx. 4.8 miles away); Painted Rock (approx. 6.3 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located on the boardwalk next to Soda Lake.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 4, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.