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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


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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—


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


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