On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Willard and Wiser return to Fort Clatsop bringing white salt from the Salt Works near Seaside, Oregon. They report that the salt makers can produce between ¾ and 1 gallon of salt per day and that a whale beached nearby.
From the journals...
Sunday 5th of January 1806
At 5 p. m. Willard and Wiser returned, they had not been lost as we expected. they brought with them a Specimen of the Salt, of about a gallon, we found it excellent white & fine, but not So Strong as the rock Salt or that made in Kentucky or the Western parts of the U, States—
Sunday January 5th 1806.
they had at length established themselves on the coast about 15 Miles S. W.
they commenced the making of salt and found that they could obtain from 3 quarts to a gallon a day
Tillamook Head viewed from the Salt Works
Photo: December 19, 2010. Some modern items have been digitally obscured.