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GRAND SALINE, TEXAS

Suggested slogan:
So many salt jokes; so little time

Van Zandt County, North Central Texas

Hwy 80
71 miles East of Dallas
11 miles NE of Canton on FM17
Population: 3,156 (2010) 3,028 (2000)

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"Is this Chicken Fried Steak salty, or is it my imagination?"
"It must be your imagination, my Chicken Fried Steak is fine.

The Salt Palace and Grand Saline's Salt Festival

One of Texas' more unusual structures is The Salt Palace at the intersection of Hwys 110 and 80. This modern building , constructed entirely of salt blocks replaces a more modest cube that was built in 1977 for Grand Saline's Salt Festival. Call 903-962-5631 for information.
Sprays and cooling pond, Morton Salt Co., Grand Saline, Texas
Sprays and Cooling Pond, Morton Salt Co. Grand Saline, Texas
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Grand Saline Salt Company / Morton Salt

The Salt mining operation was known as the Grand Saline Salt Company before it evolved into Morton Salt. But before the little girl with the umbrella, there were Indians (without umbrellas). The Cherokees had barely gotten comfortable in Texas and had hardly used any of the salt, when they were driven out of Texas* by the anti-Indian policies of Mirabeau Lamar. During the Civil War, the salt was essential to the war effort as a preservative and for tanning leather. It's mining was considered a vital industry.
Grand Saline street scene, Texas
Grand Saline street scene
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Molton Salt Co., Salt Mine in Grand Saline, Texas
Molton Salt Co., Salt Mine in Grand Saline, Texas
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The Bad news : No Salt Mine Tours
The Good News : We won't run out of salt in your lifetime.

The mining operations just a mile south of The Salt Palace, reach a depth of 700 feet and extend over a 60 acre area, so we're told. They stopped giving tours a long time ago, so you'll have to take our word.

A film tour of the mine is given in the Salt Palace Museum. According to a Van Zandt Co. historical marker: 5 tons of salt was mined each day and that was before the civil war. In 1982 they mined 400,000 tons. The salt found here can supply the world's craving for the next 20,000 years. After that, we'll need to find a substitute.

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More Grand Saline, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

Photos courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Texas Short Line Railway, Grand Saline Texas
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Other attractions include the restored Texas and Pacific Depot, now used as a city library and for civic meetings. 201 E. Pacific Street Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 to 5.
Gibson building, Grand Saline Texas
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Rexall Drugs  neon sign, Grand Saline Texas
Rexall Drugs old neon
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Grand Saline TX Bull Durham Ghost Sign
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Coca Cola ghost sign, Grand Saline Texas
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Grand Saline photos courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Grand Saline Personality - Wiley Post
Grand Saline is also the birthplace of famous aviator Wiley Post. Post, who lost an eye in an oil field accident, didn't let his handicap stop him from winning speed and endurance flying records in the 20s and 30s. He was the first to fly (in an experimental pressurized suit) into the stratosphere. Will Rodgers, who was one of aviation's most ardent cheerleaders, chose Post to pilot him on an around the world flight. They died at the beginning of their trip close to Point Barrow, Alaska in August of 1935.

*Chief Bowles of the Cherokees was killed in the fight that resulted in the Cherokees leaving Texas. A marker tells the story at a roadside park just East of Colfax. This occurred in 1839.

The Grand Saline Concert Band
Old postcard

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Take FM17 SE 11 miles to Canton, or
Take Hwy 80 W 14 miles to Mineola
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