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San Elizario in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Salt War

 
 
Salt War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
1. Salt War Marker
Inscription. The Salt War rose from political conflicts in El Paso County and from the controversies over control of the salt lakes east of El Paso that for centuries had been a free source of salt for local residents. In 1877 Charles Howard, a former county judge who claimed ownership of the lakes, shot political adversary Luis Cardis over the issue of the salt beds. While under the protection of state troops in San Elizario, Howard and several troopers where killed by a riotous mob. Federal and state investigations of the Salt War led to the reestablishment of Fort Bliss in 1878.
 
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4502.)
 
Location. 31° 35.119′ N, 106° 16.383′ W. Marker is in San Elizario, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of San Elizario Road and Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1521 San Elizario Road, San Elizario TX 79849, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (here, next to this marker); The Camino Real (here, next to this marker); The First Thanksgiving
San Elizario Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 4, 2010
2. San Elizario Memorial Plaza
Salt War Marker is the third marker on the left.
(here, next to this marker); Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583 (here, next to this marker); Juan de Onate Expedition - 1598 (here, next to this marker); San Elizario (here, next to this marker); San Elizario Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); Los Portales (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Elizario.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on June 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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