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Detail from "Map of Central New York, Showing Outcrop of the Salina Formation and Locations Where Salt or Brine Has Been Found in Wells or Shafts." Full map is attached as separate file.

Even prior to opening of the Retsof Mine in 1880--which would become America's largest--the state of New York trailed only Michigan in production

Detail from "New Century Atlas" shows Retsof Mine and related infrastructure, along with area schools, farms, and churches. Just to the northwest of mine is an area of (segregated) housing built for employees that was known as "Little Italy."

Undated photo depicts horse-drawn carts used in early Livingston County salt mining operations

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A photo of the attendees of the Retsof company picnic on Conesus Lake in 1933

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The Roman Catholic Church attended by residents of Little Italy

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Greigsville Union Free School, which children from Retsof attended, opened in 1904

Shanties built ca. 1884 for Italian immigrant employees of Retsof Mine. It was demolished in 1923 because the houses had become dilapidated and a new, larger mine was under construction.
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