The Oliver Salt Company

Salt of the Hayward Shoreline

Four Generations of Salt Production

Andrew August Ohleson was born in the small city of Solvesborg, Sweden in 1834.  He left home at the young age of 15 to become a ship hand and to … Continue reading


Labor in the Marshes

Production of salt, whether it be through methods mining or by methods of solar evaporation, is extremely time consuming and labor intensive.   While technological advances have made work to … Continue reading

March 18, 2013


Here is a rough timeline of the Oliver Salt Company; this also has basic information regarding the Oliver family as well as major events that happened within and around the Mt. Eden … Continue reading

March 18, 2013

What Else Is It Used For?

It is not commonly known that only about 5% of salt produced actually ends up on our dining room tables with the average American consuming about 2 pounds of salt … Continue reading

March 6, 2013

Archimedes Screw Pump

Solar evaporation of salt is most favorable where the climate is mild; little rainfall and constant wind are ideal using this method of producing salt.  The wind coming into the … Continue reading

March 6, 2013

The Land

Before the Spanish missionaries and men looking to strike gold during the California Gold Rush, the main inhabitants of what is now known as the East Bay Area were the … Continue reading

March 6, 2013

Where Does Salt Come From?

Salt is gathered using two main methods: mining and solar evaporation. The mining method is considered to be a form of deep-shaft mining where people dig for salt that already … Continue reading

March 6, 2013