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Trampled Underfoot Podcast – 140 – El Paso Salt Wars

“Sir, This paper says that the land you’re standing on is mine. You’re going to have to move!” And the other man replied: “Well… this gun says otherwise!”

In Episode 140 of the Trampled Underfoot Podcast, Eloy Escagedo shares the story of the 1800s San Elizario Salt Wars, near El Paso, Texas with Mark Lindsay. For decades the townsfolk of San Elizario had been mining the near by salt flats, then taking the wagon loads of salt to market. That was until a wealthy investor came to town one day. Soon after, a series of events would unfold that became one of the wildest chapters of the American Wild West!

The episode continues with conversations about the importance of libraries, even though we live in the computer age. The discussion evolves into collections held in private hands such as the Prince Museum of Music, and much more.

There’s something for everyone in this history loving episode, so pull up a pineapple and enjoy!

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