The Salt Works

The Salt Works (HM1JTW)

Location: Newport Beach, CA 92660 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.103', W 117° 53.339'

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Over 500 tons of salt produced per season!The upper end of Newport Bay was developed into a commercial Salt Works by the Irvine Company in 1934 to produce water softener salt. The plant was leased by the Western Salt Company in 1950.

Seawater + Evaporation + Settling = Salt
Seawater was collected and moved through a series of evaporation ponds until it became 100% brine. The water was then pumped into the crystallizer vats where two products were generated. The water was pumped off and sold for use in a weed control compound, and the salt that had dropped to the bottoms of the vats was dried, collected and transported to the mill for processing.

Gone, but not forgotten
The Salt Works finally closed as a result of extensive damage caused by the flood of 1968-69. Remnants of the works can still be seen below.
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Date Added Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 1:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 417569 N 3723894
Decimal Degrees33.65171667, -117.88898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.103', W 117° 53.339'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 6.18" N, 117° 53' 20.34" W
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Area Code(s)650, 714, 949, 213
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Bayview Trail, Newport Beach CA 92660, US
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