Saline Valley Salt Tram tower #1 after being pulled down

DEATH VALLEY, California – The National Park Service is seeking information related to the damaging of a historic Saline Valley Salt tram tower in Death Valley National Park. According to a press release from the National Park Service, it appears that the 113-year-old tower was pulled down as a vehicle was being extracted by winch from nearby mud.

I have hiked along sections of this tramway, and am amazed by the tenacity it took to build. I hope the person responsible for this damage will contact us so we can discuss restitution.” – Superintendent Mike Reynolds

The damage to the tower occurred at some point between April 1 and April 24 of this year. Park rangers ask that any relevant information contact the NPS tip line at 888-653-0009, or head to  

The Saline Valley Salt tram was built by the Saline Valley Salt Company in 1911, climbing 7,000 feet over 13 miles. The tram was designed to transport salt from Saline Valley to Owens Valley. The first four towers, including the tower that was pulled down, are located within Death Valley National Park.

Saline Valley Salt Tram tower #1 prior to its damaging

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Images Courtesy of the National Park Service

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