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Grand Saline Salt Palace, Grand Saline

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4.2/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
In the center of Grand Saline, Texas sits the only building in North America made of pure rock salt...known as the Salt Palace Museum.

Grand Saline is home of one of the largest, purest salt domes in the nation with a supply estimated to last twenty thousand years! Grand Saline is also the Texas home of the Morton Salt Company. Many visitors cannot resist a taste... just to prove the building material is truly made of salt.

The original Salt Palace was built in 1936 as part of the State of Texas Centennial Celebration. The solid salt structure was patterned after the Alamo town but was eventually torn down due to deterioration.

Then, in 1975 a group of citizens decided to initiate the annual Salt Festival, held the second weekend of June, and as a centerpiece, the Salt Palace was rebuilt at its present location. Built of solid salt rocks donated by Morton Salt, a salt mortar mixture was used to replicate the original salt house.

In 1993 the tiny salt building was melting away and was replaced by the present building. Changes were made in the design which included an overhanging roof to help protect the salt exterior from weather.

A museum board was formed in 1995 to operate the Salt Palace and create a museum for the city. The museum not only features the salt industry, which dates back to 1845, but also the rich history of Grand Saline and its citizens.

Displays inside the Salt Palace include salt mining memorabilia and photographs. A video tape filmed in the Morton Salt mine shows mining operations at 750 feet underground. Morton Salt does not longer allows tours in the mine.
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  • The Salt Palace Museum in Grand Saline is an awesome stop filled with history. The museum is actually housed in a salt block structure, and is home to many artifacts and information on the area salt m...  read more »
  • The Salt Palace in Grand Saline is a small building made of large blocks of salt from the local salt dome and mine run by Morton's Salt. There is a small museum inside with exhibits discussing the sal...  read more »
  • Brought my daughters to see the salt mining history of Grand Saline. Moved several hours away but always glad to visit. Great and educational. 
  • Very informative and interesting place. My grand daughter, Destiny and I were impressed with how salt is formed and processed. The building, itself is made of salt.
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  • This is a unique place to stop at along your road trip, but not a must to go see out of your way.
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