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Near Avery Island in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Rock Salt Mine

 
 
First Rock Salt Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, January 8, 2014
1. First Rock Salt Mine Marker
Inscription. Salt evaporated from brine springs on Avery Island since 1791. On May 4, 1862, workmen enlarging these springs to produce more salt for the Confederacy hit solid salt at a depth of 16 feet. Mining operations, the first of this type in North America, were begun and continued until destruction of the salt works on April 17, 1863 by Union forces.
 
Location. 29° 54.764′ N, 91° 54.322′ W. Marker is near Avery Island, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on Avery Island Road (State Highway 329) 0.2 miles north of Pepper Field Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avery Island LA 70513, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Avery Island Salt Dome (within shouting distance of this marker); Southern Live Oaks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bayou Petite Anse (approx. ¼ mile away); Bamboo (approx. half a mile away); McIlhenny (approx. half a mile away); Bird City (approx. half a mile away); Sunken Gardens (approx. 0.6 miles away); Factory (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avery Island.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Location of Rock Salt Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, January 8, 2014
2. Location of Rock Salt Mine Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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