- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

SYRCUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The 19th century remains of a building used when Syracuse was the nation’s salt production capital have been uncovered during a construction project.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (https://bit.ly/2p0wm2F ) a contractor working on a redevelopment site on the city’s northwest side recently unearthed part of two stone walls of a brine pump house.

The rare artifacts from Syracuse’s once-thriving salt industry contain doorways that can be seen in a late 1800s photograph of the structure, which was demolished sometime between 1908 and 1924.

The contractor plans to leave the ruins exposed and install a sign with information provided by the local historical association explaining the site’s history and the local salt industry.

Most of the salt used in the U.S. before World War I came from Syracuse, earning it the nickname “the Salt City.”

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Information from: The Post-Standard, https://www.syracuse.com

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