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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ledbetter Salt Works CSA

 
 
Ledbetter Salt Works CSA Marker/Monument image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, August 5, 2009
1. Ledbetter Salt Works CSA Marker/Monument
At original location on grounds of County Courthouse
Inscription. Located 8 miles southwest on Salt Prong, Hubbard Creek. Discovered 1861 by trail drives. W. H. Ledbetter began extensive development of deposits in 1862 with increased Civil War demand for salt. A large furnace was built, kettles and materials for refining were brought from East Texas by wagon. Salt in large quantities was furnished Confederate troops west of the Mississippi, State Militia, area ranches and towns. Smoking or salting were only ways to preserve meat. When South levied a meat tithe, salt was vital to cure bacon for military.

(Back side):
Salt was a must for horses and mules used by cavalry, artillery and supply wagons. Hides were preserved with salt to make shoes and harness. Rangers used it to treat rattlesnake bites and aliments. Settlers came from a 200 mile radius for salt, taking it by saddlebag and wagon. The frontier regiment Texas Cavalry guarded the works and roads from hostile Indians during the war. Indian troubles continued after the war. In 1867, nearby U.S. Fort Griffin was established, and a six-pounder cannon was loaned to the works for defense. Salt was produced until 1880. A Memorial to Texans Who Served the Confederacy.
 
Erected 1963 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 3060.)
 
Location. 32° 
Ledbetter Salt Works CSA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Ledbetter Salt Works CSA Marker
Back Side
43.524′ N, 99° 17.871′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 180) and S. 1st Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Bank Park. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ledbetter Picket House (a few steps from this marker); Georgia Battalion Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Albany (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Central Railway Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Albany News (within shouting distance of this marker); The H.C. Jacobs House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Fort Griffin Fandangle (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .  Ledbetter Salt Works. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Original Location of Marker
The marker was originally located at the northwest corner of the grounds of the Shackelford County Courthouse
Ledbetter Salts Works CSA Marker in Bank Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
3. Ledbetter Salts Works CSA Marker in Bank Park
Marker is in center background of image
(32.723024, -99.297145). Some time between late 2009 and 2012 the marker was moved from the courthouse grounds to its present location in Bank Park.
    — Submitted April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
Additional keywords. Albany, Texas, CSA, Confederacy, Confederate,
 
Categories. Industry & CommercePatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
Salt Kettles from Ledbetter Salt Works image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
4. Salt Kettles from Ledbetter Salt Works
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 28, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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