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Panama City in Bay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Salt Kettle

 
 
Salt Kettle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
1. Salt Kettle Marker
Inscription.
Used by the Confederaacy
during the war between the states
to recover salt from seawater

Presented by
The Confederate
Salt Works Chapter
of the
United Daughters of
The Confederacy
Dedicated April 20, 1960

 
Erected 1960 by Confederate Salt Works Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 30° 9.996′ N, 85° 42.07′ W. Marker is in Panama City, Florida, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue (Business U.S. 98) and West 9th Street, on the right when traveling north on Chestnut Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Oaks by the Bay park, in the St Andrews old town section of Panama City. Marker is in this post office area: Panama City FL 32401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Sentry (here, next to this marker); St. Andrew(s) School (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Andrew Skirmish (approx. 0.8 miles away); The St. Andrew Bay Saltworks (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Christo, Senior
Salt Kettle, Marker, and Sign image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
2. Salt Kettle, Marker, and Sign
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Robert Lee McKenzie's Home and Office (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Gideon Versus Wainwright Case (approx. 2.7 miles away); Panama City Airport (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panama City.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Salt Kettle Sign image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
3. Salt Kettle Sign
A significant contribution by the citizens of northwest Florida to the Confederate States of America was salt. A necessary preservative in those times. It was extracted from area bays by boiling until the water evaporated leaving salt. The salt was transported to Eufaula and Montgomery, Alabama, for distribution throughout the Confederate States. It sold for as much as $50 per bushel. The importance of the salt works to the Confederacy made them a target of the Union Navy. Union soldiers and sailors destroyed the works, and Confederates rebuilt them during most of the war between the states. This kettle was probably used for making syrup before the war but a "salt kettle" between 1861-65. The deep indentions on it were made by hammer blows when Union soldiers attempted to destroy it.
The Old Sentry image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
4. The Old Sentry
Near the Salt Kettle stands this oak tree, known as the Old Sentry. The sign in front of the oak states, "This Heritage Oak Tree is Estimated to be over 250 years old. It was standing during the War Between the States as if a sentry standing guard over Old St. Andrews Bay."
St. Andrew Bay image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 29, 2008
5. St. Andrew Bay
Seen from the nearby boardwalk.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,261 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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