1872: MOUNTAIN OF SALT
"Specimens from a mountain of salt located in Copper Canyon, near Camp Verde, and about 40 miles east of Prescott, are numerous. In town and vicinity, we learn that several persons have gone down to look at the salty deposit, the existence of which has been known to several persons for some time past. We have tasted of some of the specimens, and, save a slight sense of bitterness to taste experienced in doing so, the test so made gave a very salty result."
"Some of the first persons who noticed the deposit, imagined from its dusty color, on the surface, that it might be borax, and Mr. Richards, Post Trader at Camp Verde, forwarded specimens of it to San Francisco, where it was tested and, of course, pronounced to be just what it was and is."
"Thinking it of no value, Mr. Richards and other persons acquainted with its existence thought very little of it until the arrival of Lieutenant Wheeler's party, when Willard Rice exhibited a piece of it to the Lieutenant and one of the geologists of the party, both of whom advised Mr. Rice of its true nature and value."
"Sinking upon the deposit has proved that the salt is purer below than in the shell upon which rain, wind, etc., have, for God knows how long, acted, and this being the case, its discovery is hailed with delight by our people, for, when the time comes, as come it will, when thousands of bushels of salt will be required, yearly, in the treatment of base silver ores, cheap salt will be a consideration not to be sneezed at."
"At present, the mine is easy of approach by wagons, and the salt might be delivered from three to five cents per pound."
(The Weekly Arizona Miner; February 17, 1872; page 3, column 2.)
"THE SALT MINE AGAIN: After our article upon this treasure had been placed in type, Captain Shoap arrived in town, from the mine, with over two hundred pounds of veritable chrystalized rock salt, several pieces of which he has deposited with us. He says there is enough salt in the deposit to supply all the people on the Pacific Coast for centuries, and that a ten-mule team can now be driven to the mine." (The Weekly Arizona Miner; February 17, 1872; page 3, column 2.)
"Willard Rice is going down to Verde to look after his salt mine." (The Arizona Weekly Miner; December 31, 1874; page 2, column 2.)
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