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RF: Destination salt

September 19, 2010

Odd, quirky museums and festivals are endlessly amusing and Random Fact today makes a stop in Grand Saline, Texas.

Grand Saline has a Salt Palace. Morton Salt, the town’s largest private employer, has mined an underground dome nearby for decades. Best estimates put the salt stash at 20,000 feet high and 1.5 miles wide, enough to keep the United States supplied for thousands of years.

Not a pillar, a palace of salt.

The salt bed itself dates back 250,000 years and is what remains of an ancient sea that dried up during the Permian Age. Morten has been mining it since 1931.

Each June, Grand Saline hosts a three-day Salt Festival; each month, the Salt Palace, the town’s biggest tourist draw, attracts 150 to 200 people. The current Salt Palace, built in 1993, has a regular roof overhead to protect it from the elements, which dissolved the first two. The first one went up in 1936, patterned after the Alamo, for the Texas Centennial Celebration.

“Palace” may be a bit grand, but the newest salty structure contains a small museum with artifacts and memorabilia. I have not been to visit, though I suspect I know someone who has.

JP, this one’s for you.

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