Salt Palace  LbNA # 34017

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Placed DateAug 11 2007
CountyVan Zandt
LocationGrand Saline, TX
Boxes1
Found ByFor A Lifetime
Last UpdateJun 20 2009

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In the center of Grand Saline, Texas sits the only building in North America made of pure rock salt. Why build a building out of salt? Because Grand Saline is home to one of the largest, purest salt domes in the nation, with a supply estimated to last twenty thousand years! Grand Saline is the Texas home of Morton Salt Company. Many visitors cannot resist a taste... just to prove the building material is truly salt.

The original Salt Palace was built in 1936 as part of the State of Texas Centennial Celebration. The solid salt structure was patterned after the Alamo town. It deteriorated and was eventually torn down.

In 1975 a group of citizens decided to initiate the annual Salt Festival, held the second weekend of June, and as a centerpiece, the Salt Palace was rebuilt at the present location of 100 West Garland Avenue. Built of solid salt rocks donated by Morton Salt, a salt mortar mixture was used to replicate the original salt house.

In 1993 the tiny salt building was melting away and was replaced by the present building. Changes were made in the design which included an overhanging roof to help protect the salt exterior from weather.

What's inside the Salt Palace?
A museum board was formed in 1995 to operate the Salt Palace and create a museum for the city. The museum not only features the salt industry, which dates back to 1845, but also the rich history of Grand Saline and its citizens.

Displays inside the Salt Palace include salt mining memorabilia and photographs. A video tape filmed in the Morton Salt mine shows mining operations at 750 feet underground. Morton Salt does not allow tours in the mine.

Historical photographs and personal belongings give visitors a glimpse of turn-of-the-century life in the community.

World famous aviator Wiley H. Post is remembered as a native son with newspaper articles, photographs, and a small wooden model of his famous plane the "Winnie Mae" in which he set two world records by being the first man to circle the globe in 1931 and 1933. Post is honored with a Texas state historical marker in front of the building.

Visitors to the Salt Palace will receive a complimentary salt crystal and the small gift shop sells both Morton Salt Company and Texas souvenirs.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday,
legal holidays & each day during the noon hour

The Salt Palace
100 West Garland Ave (US 80)
Grand Saline, TX 75140-1802
903-962-5631 Voice
No Charge for Admission

Directions to the box:

This box is very easy to find. The Salt Palace in Grand Saline is located on the corner of Hwy 80(W.Garland Ave), and North Main Street. In front of the Salt Palace is an historical marker about Wiley H. Post, former resident of Grand Saline and history-making aviator. At the base and front of this marker, behind shrubery, you will find the cylindrical letterbox.