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Eagle Salt Works financial records
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Eagle Salt Works financial records
    Dates: Dec. 1910 - Nov. 1915
    Collection Number: MS 744
    Extent: 11 volumes
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: Financial records of the Eagle Salt Works, 1910-1915.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research by appointment. Please give Library staff one week's notice.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Eagle Salt Works financial records. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Biography/Administrative History

    Railroad Surveyor B.F. Leete saw potential in the salt beds at Leete in 1871, and soon thereafter was supplying salt to the silver mills. On hot days, the vats could make ten tons of salt per day per acre. The salt works was comprised of seven acres of vats. In the period between 1879 and 1884 they shipped 334,000 tons of salt. In 1901-1903 the Central Pacific railroad relocated the rail line from Wadsworth to Brown's via Hazen. They removed the rails, but left every other tie under an agreement with Leete, who wanted to build his own light railroad to transport salt. The railroad was completed in 1903, but didn't ship any salt until 1906. Only 171 cars of salt were shipped form 1906 thru 1910. Bankruptcy followed quickly, and the Central Pacific ended up owning the railroad and the salt works in 1910. By 1916 the railroad had been dismantled and hauled away.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Financial records of the Eagle Salt Works.