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Location: West Virginia         Length: 10 min

Salt, a highly valued commodity in ancient and historic times, is an abundant resource in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia. Salt production along the Kanawha River grew from a small cottage industry to a huge commercial enterprise, exemplifying the Industrial Revolution as it took place in the United States. This video presents a fascinating account of the ingenuity and technological advances accompanying this industrial development from the 18th through the 20th centuries and provides good context for industrial archaeology in the region.

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Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology, West Virginia University
Midland Trail Scenic Highway Association
National Park Service

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Council for West Virginia Archaeology (Institute For the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology, West Virginia University)

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