Seaside History

Episode Two: the Lewis & Clark Salt Works

May 28, 2013 | by Nate Burke

The Corps of Discovery found the perfect spot to make salt 15 miles southwest of Fort Clatsop in what is now modern day Seaside. Believe it or not, finding good salt was not only a culinary morale booster, but could even be a matter of life or death for the Corps. Come with us as local historian, Gloria Linkey, provides an up close and personal view of the importance of the salt making process from Lewis & Clark’s point of view.

Ep 02: Lewis & Clark Salt Works (audio click here)

Where: Just off the Promenade at Beach Drive and Lewis & Clark Way.

Directions: At the intersection of US Highway 101 and Avenue U, turn west on Avenue U and proceed to the 4-way stop. Turn right onto Beach Drive. Proceed three blocks north to Lewis & Clark Way. Park where available without blocking private driveways. Walk west on Lewis and Clark Way to the Salt Cairn off of the Promenade. The Living History reenactment, better known as “The Salt Makers Return”, is held each summer on the beach, off of Avenue U.

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