First Rock Salt Mine

First Rock Salt Mine (HM1CX8)

Location: New Iberia, LA 70560 Iberia Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 54.764', W 91° 54.322'

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Salt evaporated from brine springs on Avery Island since 1791. On May 4, 1862, workmen enlarging these springs to produce more salt for the Confederacy hit solid salt at a depth of 16 feet. Mining operations, the first of this type in North America, were begun and continued until destruction of the salt works on April 17, 1863 by Union forces.
HM NumberHM1CX8
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 4:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 605670 N 3309618
Decimal Degrees29.91273333, -91.90536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 54.764', W 91° 54.322'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 54' 45.84" N, 91° 54' 19.32" W
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Area Code(s)337
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-541 Avery Island Rd, New Iberia LA 70560, US
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