Leslie Salt

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Leslie Salt ponds, 1972
Salt ponds near Newark in 2014.

The Leslie Salt Company was a salt producing company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, at the current locations of Newark, Hayward and other parts of the bay. They produced salt using salt evaporation ponds on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. By the 1940s, Leslie Salt under the dominant ownership of the Schilling family[1] had become the largest private land owner in the Bay Area. By 1959, they were producing more than one million tons of salt annually, on over 26,000 acres of bay salt ponds.[2] They were purchased by Cargill in 1978.[3][4][5]

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