Salt War

Salt War (HMPFA)

Location: San Elizario, TX 79849 El Paso County
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N 31° 35.119', W 106° 16.381'

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The Salt War rose from political conflicts in the El Paso County and from the controversies over control of the salt lakes east of El Paso that for centuries had been a free source of salt for local residents. In 1877 Charles Howard, a former county judge who claimed ownership of the lakes, shot political adversary Luis Cardis over the issue of the salt beds. While under the protection of state troops in San Elizario, Howard and several troopers where killed by a riotous mob. Federal and state investigations of the Salt War led to the reestablishment of Fort Bliss in 1878.
Year Placed1984
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 379214 N 3495175
Decimal Degrees31.58531667, -106.27301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 35.119', W 106° 16.381'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 35' 7.14" N, 106° 16' 22.86" W
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Area Code(s)915
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1589-1599 Church Rd, San Elizario TX 79849, US
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