Kanawha Salt Industry

September 29, 1861: Kanawha and Coal River Watersheds Flood

On September 29, 1861, one of the worst floods on record hit the Kanawha River watershed. The river crested nearly 17 feet above flood stage in Charleston and badly damaged the valley’s salt works.

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November 10, 1817: Kanawha Salt Producers Form Output Pool

On November 10, 1817, Kanawha County salt operators entered into a unique business arrangement that would set the stage for major industries in the late…

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