Liverpool, New York: Salt Museum
Small museum in an old salt warehouse traces the local salt-harvesting history. An attraction with a memorable smell. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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The Salt Museum is located on Onondaga Parkway in a suburb of Syracuse on the shores of Onondaga Lake (named after the Onondaga Native Americans). In the 1700s & 1800s, perhaps even earlier, this Salt plant produced almost all of the nations salt. Add the salt production to the Erie Canal and you can see what a prosperous location Syracuse was during that time. Water taken from the Onondaga Lake was boiled down, or set out in the sun for evaporation in huge bowls. As most of the workers were Irish they brought along their potatoes for their meals and would place the potatoes in the boiling vats to cook giving you the famous salt potatoes. Syracuse is well known for its salt potatoes to this day! (Nowadays all they are, are very small potatoes boiled whole with the skins on in very salty water. 4 lbs potatoes to 1 lb of salt). Eat these dipped in melted butter and you have a great treat. By the 1870s this way of making salt was obsolete and the factory folded. Now it is a very good museum showing some of the unique history of this area.[Sharon Chesbro, 12/10/1999]
March 2007: Robin Augello notes that the "famous salt potatoes were not invented during the heyday of salt production but in the 1930's by a local business, Hinderwadel's, for the seasonal clambakes they hosted."