Africancrab at the Salt Flat in Texas

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Salt Flat, Texas

Located on Routes 62 and 180 north of the Sierra Blanca, the Salt Flat is an unincorporated community elevated at 3,730 feet. We made a quick stop to taste the salt and enjoy the wide spread white on the land. It is impossible to miss as one drives north or south. There is an interesting history behind the Salt Flat: the history of the El Paso salt war. The major events took place east of El Paso at San Elizaro famously known as the San Elizario Salt War. If you have read any of the Texas Ranger books, you may have come across the Salt Flat or San Elizario. During the 7 year battle, a few lives were lost, and a few years later a commemorative fort was established: Fort Bliss. The salt came from shallow lakes that formed after rains in the Guadalupe Mountains.

It was "mined" for cattle as late as the 1930s, but wells drilled in Dell City lowered the water table to where there was less and less salt deposited.

It is hard to imagine that this is an actual town, because there is no reduced speed as one enters the Salt Flat. As required by traffic laws, speed limits must be reduced hen entering a town or residential area. The opposite is the case with the Salt Flat, the speed limit is 75, I had to stop Mark way ahead of time in order for him to slow down to a point of pulling off the highway. Two days earlier, we had driven past it as if it did not exist, but heading back to El Paso past the Guadalupe Mountains, it is hard to miss the sheer white grounds spread on either side of the highway.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

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Salt Flat, Texas
Salt Flat, Texas
Salt Flat
photo by: Africancrab