|Salz Leather Tannery Spur today, heading into Las Animas Concrete|
An extremely short spur on the Southern Pacific's Mountain Route was the A.K. Salz Leather Tannery facility located between Golf Links and Eblis just north of Highway 1. The freight spur was probably in use throughout the entire existence of the Mountain Route, possibly as far back as South Pacific Coast days, only ceasing use in the 1980s. Sometimes confused with Eblis siding in the Portero District, the sole purpose of the Salz Spur was to deliver tan bark to the factory and ship out tanned leather hides.
|Forklifts in the 1970s hauling tan oak split stuff.|
|Salz Leather Tannery along the San Lorenzo River. The Southern Pacific|
right-of-way is barely visible at the top-left, with Highway 9 running
down the center-left of the photograph. (Santa Cruz MAH)