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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.
 
Location. 31° 35.119′ N, 106° 16.381′ W. Marker is in San Elizario, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Road and Glorietta Road. Touch for map. Marker is located at the San Elizario Memorial Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: San Elizario TX 79849, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Camino Real (here, next to this marker); Rodriguez-Chamuscado Expedition - 1581 (here, next to this marker); The First Thanksgiving (here, next to this marker); Espejo Beltran Expedition - 1582-1583
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); 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 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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