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Seaside, Oregon: Lewis & Clark Salt Works

A faithful recreation of one of the Pacific Northwest's most spurious claims to fame.

Lewis and Clark Way, Seaside, OR
South end of town, and just off of the beach. US 101/26 to town, turn west onto Ave. U, and drive six blocks to Beach Drive. Turn north and drive three blocks. Look for the tiny brown "Salt Works" sign and turn west onto Lewis and Clark Way. The bogus salt works will be on the left, inside a fenced-in yard.
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Lewis & Clark Salt Cairn

Tourists from across the country flock to see this thing that the explorers boiled salt water for the salt. The structure is totally bogus. You can see where the rocks have been cemented together and there is copper spray paint on the buckets. What are the chances that these explorers would leave behind their valuable pots?

[Dac Tama, 08/05/1998]

These replica Salt Works were actually built in 1955 by the local Lions Club. Their location was determined by a committee, based on the memory of an 86-year-old woman interviewed in 1900, who said that she was shown the spot by her Indian mom when she was a girl. Proof enough!

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