Salt City

An Important Early Canal Stop

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Salt sheds at Syracuse, NY in about 1900

Salt sheds at Syracuse, NY in about 1900.  Before modern refrigeration, salt was an essential commodity used to preserve food. It's no accident that the original Erie Canal was routed south from Rome to Syracuse where salt was harvested on evaporating tables like these. Notice the slanting roofs that workers could slide to cover the tables when rain threatened.

A map of Syracuse showing the locations of salt sheds around Onondaga Lake.