Grand Saline Texas
Welcome to Grand Saline ... "Salt of the Earth"
Located at the intersection of Historic U.S. Highway 80, Texas Highway 17, and Texas Highway 110 is the City of Grand Saline in Van Zandt County. The city lies approximately an hour east of Dallas and 15 miles north off Interstate 20. Its population is about 3,000 residents. Elevation is 400 feet above sea level.
The name of Grand Saline is based on the large salt deposits located in the area. It is often called "The Salt Capital of Texas".
The Importance of Salt in Grand Saline
Grand Saline sits at the top of the largest and purest salt dome in the United States, which Morton Salt has been mining since 1931. Seismic tests have shown the dome descends to a depth of 20,000 feet.
The Morton Salt Mine in Grand Saline is the town’s largest employer and one of three rock-salt mines Morton operates in the U.S. The salt deposit is 250 million years old. Mining is currently being done 57 stories below the surface.
The citizens of Grand Saline take great pride in their friendly, home grown community, salt mining and agricultural heritage.
Nearby Lake Fork, Lake Tawakoni, East Texas Alligator Farm and Wildlife Refuge, and the unique wildlife found on local Salt Flats provide endless recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors.
The Salt Palace
The Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas, and Museum and Visitors Center
In addition to these area attractions, the popular Salt Palace and Visitors Center contains displays, exhibits and videos about the history and operation of the salt industry.
The original Salt Palace was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial, and the structure has been rebuilt since that time. Today, it remains the only building in North America made of pure rock salt.
It also contains mementos from hometown favorite Chris Tomlin, one of the world’s most influential Christian singer-songwriter, and fellow native Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world.
Since the Salt Palace is built from translucent blocks of sodium chloride, the mineral compound commonly known as "salt", many visitors like to "lick the building"!
The Grand Saline Salt Palace is located at 100 West Garland Street. For more information and business hours, phone 903.962.5631.
Read more about current happenings in Grand Saline at the Salt Palace Museum on Facebook.
Huge salt rock on display at the Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas
Other Area Communities
Grand Saline, Texas ... A National Main Street City
Grand Saline Information and Resources
|Grand Saline ... A National Main Street City|
Grand Saline Texas Events
Popular Grand Saline area attractions include the Salt Palace, located downtown, and area lakes. Annual events include:
- Main Street Festival - 2nd Saturday in April
- Salt Festival - 2nd Weekend in June
- National Night Out - 1st Tuesday in October
- Salt City Open House - Saturday before Thanksgiving
- Salt City Christmas - 1st Saturday in December
- Salt City Tour of Homes - 1st Sunday in December
Interactive Map of Grand Saline, Texas
Scenes Around Grand Saline
|Grand Saline Has Walking Tours and Photowalks!|
|Photo alley in Grand Saline, Texas|
|The gazebo in Gazebo Park in Grand Saline, Texas|
|The Grand Saline Library located in the restored Texas and Pacific Depot, 201 E. Pacific Street|
|Grand Saline Salt Shaker Autoclub Car Cruise|
|Lighted Christmas parade in Grand Saline, Texas|
|The new turf field in Grand Saline, Texas|
|Welcome to Grand Saline ... Hometown of Chris Tomlin|
|Grand Saline Morton Salt Facility|
Grand Saline's Location in Upper East Texas