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Title: Salt works

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00073

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note(s): At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook.

Contributors to digital file: Christy Hyman and Kevin McMullen

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Salt works

at Salina ("Salt Point") now a portion of Syracuse, N.Y. Onondaga co. (as Williamsburg is a part of Brooklyn) There are some salt springs,—Also they bore into the neighboring ground—(sometimes 300 ft. deep)—50, 70, 100 ft


A "block" is erected, in which there are arches, with kettles for boiling the water—these are kept fired under day and night,—till at the end of a week they have to be cleaned of the sediment, coating, &c.—

by the kettles are baskets and ladles to take out and contain the salt—a spout and trough over ranging over the kettles lets in the water as it is wanted—


evaporation supplies the best salt——It is put in bags and large boxes, and sent off on the canals

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