A Convenient Place for Making Salt
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 45° 58.836 W 123° 56.043
10T E 427649 N 5092316
This sign is located near the south end of the Seaside Promenade.
Waymark Code: WM13CK
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/02/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 26

This sign is located near the south end of the Seaside Promenade, three blocks south of the Salt Cairn.

Marker Name: A Convenient Place for Making Salt
Marker Text: The Corps of Discovery, under the command of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, established their winter quarters at Fort Clatsop on 7 December 1805. “We haveing fixed on this situation,” Clark noted, “I deturmin’d to go as direct a Course as I could to the Sea Coast. . .to look out a place to make salt.” Although Clark was indifferent to salt, the rest of the expedition wanted it to season their bland diet of fish, elk, and dog.
On 28 December 1805, the expedition’s commanders sent five men “with 5 of the largest Kittles” to establish a salt making camp on this beach. Two men from this party returned to Fort Clatsop eight days later with a salt sample that pleased everyone. The expedition’s saltmaking camp operated until 21 February 1806, and produced 3 1/2 bushels of salt (nearly 28 gallons). Although personnel varied, three men were usually occupied boiling sea water to make salt. “With the means we have,” wrote Meriwether Lewis, “we find it a very tedious operation. . .we keep the kettles boiling day and night.”
”Willard and Wiser. . . .informed us that it was not untill the fifth day after leaving the Fort that they could find a convenient place for making salt; that they had at length established themselves. . . near the lodge of some Killamuck families; that the Indians were very friendly and had given them a considerable quantity of the blubber of a whale which perished on the coast. . .. These lads also informed us that (the salt makers) . . .commenced the making of salt and found that they could obtain from 3 quarts to a gallon a day; they brought with they a specemine of the salt of about a gallon, we found it excellent, fine, strong, & white; this was a great treat to myself and most of the party.” - Meriwether Lewis, January 5, 1806

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: National Parks Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Clatsop

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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