Grand Saline is a city in Van Zandt County. It is the third largest city in the county that was incorporated in 1895. The city has a population of 3,266. It is named after its extensive salt mines and is known as the “salt capital of Texas.” The majority of the salt deposits are owned by the famous Morton Salt company. The city celebrates a June Salt Festival and Rodeo, and a December Christmas Parade. Grand Saline also features The Salt Palace, one of the state’s most uncommon structures that was built in 1977; the modern building is entirely made of salt blocks. It also offers the restored Texas and Pacific Depot, which is now used as a city library and as a center for civic meetings. It also home to the famous Wiley Post, the first aviator who flew, wearing an experimental pressurized suit, into the stratosphere.
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