Small community that grew
near extensive surface salt deposits left by intermittent lakes in Hudspeth County just
west of the Guadalupe Mountain Area. The area became the focus of a bloody dispute
known as the "Salt War" in the 1860's and '70's. Before the fighting
reached a confused and tragic end, the dispute had involved both Mexican and U.S,
citizens, politicial parties, judges, legislators, mob action, army troops and the Texas
Rangers. Murder, assassination and revenge killings took place on both sides.
Some of the gray-white salt deposits may be seen today from U.S. 62 / 180.