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Old Salts: 1910

Old Salts: 1910

Delray, Michigan, circa 1905. "Delray Salt Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Delray Salt Co.

Michigan Geological and Biological Survey, 1912.

Delray Salt Co., Delray, Michigan. Incorporated, 1901. Capital stock $100,000. N. W. Clayton, Pres.; A. A. Nelson, Sec.-Treas.; Jos. P. Tracy, Gen. Mgr.

This company operates both grainer and vacuum pan blocks and also manufactures table salt. The grainer block contains six cement grainers (16' x 160' x 22") and the vacuum pan block, three pans (respectively 9, 10, and 11 feet in diameter) run "triple effect." Live steam furnished by three 335 H. P. boiler is used in evaporating the brine supplied by two wells. The daily capacity is 2,000 barrels and the storage capacity 100,000 barrels. Fifty men are employed.


I managed to get a tour in 1984, but since the delray salt mine has changed hands, and they no longer offer any tours.

Good Wood

It's a good thing this is not a steel frame building. It would look just like our cars!

Those guys must have been

insanely thirsty all the time!

Much less sneezing

This salt mine may be stifling in the summer, but it is a LOT nicer than the famed PEPPER MINES of Grand Rapids.

Sharing the mine?

I drove a truck locally in Detroit a few years ago and made two or three deliveries to the Morton Salt Co. property that is very, very close to Delray. (It could actually be this same place.) I was just curious as to whether anyone knew if different companies shared the famous Detroit Salt Mines. I've seen pictures, but never read a company name attached to them.

They don't look happy

except for the kid in the cardigan sweater perhaps getting ready to leave.

Family connection

My great-grandpa worked here as a watchman. In 1905 Detroit annexed Delray. This salt mine is still in use and you can tour it!

Salt tamper

Look like some sort of tamper, with a massive wooden head.
Probably just what's needed to get the casks packed tight.

Looks downright pleasant

compared to working in a coal mine.

Oh the humidity!

I hope they also have a Delray Rice Company in the same building. I wouldn't want to try and move that salt after a humid Delray summer.

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