SALT LAKE (CULBERSON COUNTY)
SALT LAKE (Culberson County). Salt Lake is a dry lake twenty-five miles north of Van Horn and a half mile east of State Highway 54 in western Culberson County (at 31°26' N, 104°50' W). Despite the salt deposits that gave the lake its name, it was never important as a source of salt, unlike the flats on the other side of the Sierra Diablo Mountains in northeastern Hudspeth County; the latter were more accessible to the people of San Elizario and other towns near El Paso and consequently became the focus of the Salt War of San Elizario. In the 1940s maps still showed Salt Lake as a body of water six miles long and two miles wide, but maps in the 1980s showed it as a cluster of dry lake beds.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Salt Lake (Culberson County)," accessed May 03, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ros02.
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