Thursday, February 15, 2018


Friends of the SALT TRAM   
Salt Tram Web Portal - Instructions
Click on a topic link below. Read that topic. Click on the last link at the bottom "click on this link to go to Salt Tram home"  to return to this TABLE OF CONTENTS page and repeat the process until you have read everything on this site about the Saline Valley Salt Tram. Note that occasionally some blog topic pages appear more than once under different headings, when the topic applies to multiple headings.
Above (click to enlarge): Rotating historical photo. Courtesy of the Eastern California Museum. Leschen rope company did not build the Salt Tram, but was believed to have supplied the cables (aka "rope") for the Salt Tram.
Above: double image. Top image was taken in 2014. Bottom image was taken in 1913. Bottom image shows Salt Tram diarist Henry Clifton Patterson posing at his control station along the tramway - the only known photo of "Cliff" at the Salt Tram. The top image shows Mark standing in the same location as Cliff 101 years later. The colored dots in both photos match the identical parts of the control station - cool. Thanks for the help, Mark.

What is a Salt Tram? If you are new to this website and asking yourself, "What is a Salt Tram, and why should I care?", then you want to click on the "Welcome" link below for a brief introduction, then come back to the home page and pick a salt tram topic of interest to explore further. Our research into the Salt Tram is ongoing, and we solicit your input and help in this endeaver. We encourage you to make comments on any given salt tram topic, as it helps us in our research and the quality of the site. Thank-you!
New: Month Year! indicates a newly added section, and the month and year it was added.
Updated: Month Year! indicates section has substantial new material added.

People of the Salt Tram
Diary of Henry Clifton Patterson
Salt Tram Pre-Construction Work and Planning
Selling the Salt Tram to Investors
Construction of the Salt Tram
Electrical Systems
Operation of the Salt Tram
Operation of the Salt Tram: Back Traffic
Loading Station Site
Summit Station and Cabin Site
Discharge Station
Station Analysis: East Side (Section I, II and III)
Station Analysis: Summit Station
Station Analysis: West Side (Section IV and V)
Document Analysis
Periodical Search
Firsthand Accounts (Modern Era)
The Later Years: Sierra Salt Co.
The Much LaterYears: After Salt Mining Ended
Miscellaneous Salt Tram
Visits to the Salt Tram
     May, 2010 Field Report 
      November 2010 Field Report
Salt Tram Presentations
Sites and Stories Related to the Salt Tram
Other Tramways (1900 - 1930)
Links to Other Saline Valley Salt Tram Websites
Links to our Other Favorite Desert Stuff 
     Major Tom's 2014 Saline Valley Calendar (order yours now!)

You are invited to become a Friend of the Saline Valley Salt Tram at (updated frequently). You are invited to comment or become a followerContact Tim (personal): home (805) 544-2109 - cell (805) 440-9144  - email: or Brian (personal): home (310) 292-9044 - email:
Brian's wife, Laura, is a wonderful graphic designer (see her work at Side Door Studio) and made these business cards to support our efforts to learn more about that Marvelous Salt Tram! (Thanks, Laura!). She printed a batch of these cards for us on her 1930's letterpress (hand-inked, hand-cranked!), and we've already gone through them all and printed a 2nd batch. click to enlarge.