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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 8 12:07 AM

Mar 8, 2010: Salt Hotel

No, it wasn't built by a guy named Salt.
No, it wasn't built in a City named Salt.
Yes, it was built... of salt.



Looking around, it's hard to figure out why anyone would chose that desolate vacation destination.
The answer is Uyuni Flats, the world's largest salt flat, located in southwestern Bolivia.
The flats are were tourist destination with no facilities, so a void was filled in a unique way.
It's even sort of "Green", what with local materials of salt blocks and salt mush mortar.
It's even got a pool out front, if you don't have any wounds.

I can't help but wonder, with weather pattern changes, if a spell of hard rain would dissolve this place?
But this 1936 clipping says maybe not.



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richlevy  Monday Mar 8 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It's even got a pool out front, if you don't have any wounds.
Actually, I remember from when I swam in the Dead Sea that salt water is actually good for small wounds. It supposedly kills bacteria without doing as much damage to healthy cells as alcohol.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 8 01:53 AM

Yes, it's good for you but it might be painful in that concentration.



rditlkustoleit  Monday Mar 8 03:23 AM

WOW! Lot's wife is as big as a house...

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SPUCK  Monday Mar 8 06:21 AM

They were some very desiccating builders.



ZenGum  Monday Mar 8 07:30 AM

but does it have a cellar?



Sheldonrs  Monday Mar 8 08:23 AM

Doesn't seem kosher to me.



Nirvana  Monday Mar 8 12:19 PM

I am taking this all in with a grain of salt! Throwing some over my left shoulder too just for luck!



jinx  Monday Mar 8 12:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post

I can't help but wonder, with weather pattern changes, if a spell of hard rain would dissolve this place?
But this 1936 clipping says maybe not.
I just saw something on TV about the place in Texas the other night. Here's more on it

Quote:
The original Salt Palace was built in 1936 as part of the State of Texas Centennial Celebration. The solid salt structure was patterned after the Alamo town. It deteriorated and was eventually torn down.


In 1975 a group of citizens decided to initiated the annual Salt Festival, held the second weekend of June, and as a centerpiece, the Salt Palace was rebuilt at the present location of 100 West Garland Avenue. Built of solid salt rocks donated by Morton Salt, a salt mortar mixture was used to replicate the original salt house.


In 1993 the tiny salt building was melting away and was replaced by the present building. Changes were made in the design which included an overhanging roof to help protect the salt exterior from weather.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 8 12:48 PM

Damn, the one built in '75 lasted 18 years! I wonder how much rain they get there? Good find, Jinx.



Pete Zicato  Monday Mar 8 02:34 PM

That room in the lower left is obviously the site of a salt and bed-ery.



Sheldonrs  Monday Mar 8 05:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete Zicato View Post
That room in the lower left is obviously the site of a salt and bed-ery.
I never herb of such a thing.


monster  Monday Mar 8 09:28 PM

This thread is peppered with bad puns



Cicero  Tuesday Mar 9 12:35 AM

The salt house sounds like great beginning to a very large margarita.



Stress Puppy  Wednesday Mar 10 02:59 PM

Not nearly as cool as the ice hotel.

See what I did there?



spudcon  Friday Mar 12 07:47 AM

To deter the cows from licking down their hotel, they built a pepper hotel next to it.



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