Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Who Put the "Salt?"

Who put the “Salt” in the Beach development?
Who put the “aire” in the project prospectuses?
Who was that man?
I’d like to shake his hand
He gave this strip of beach the name “Saltaire”

I always wondered who had the audacity of hype in naming a summer resort like Saltaire Fire Island after the Lord Titus Salt’s world famous idealistic factory town of Saltaire, Bradfordshire. . Like, did you ever think of Saltaire Fire Island as a refuge for the working class hero?

Turns out, wouldn’t you know, that the investor at the Fire Island Beach Development Corporation who gave Saltaire its name was a wealthy yachtsman.

From the July 28, 1911 Suffolk County News:



NLP said...

I believe the missing link, is that pre revolution, the King of England had given title to a large part of long island (including fire island) to the Earl of Salt. (Who lived in Salt upon Aire ; the river Aire in Northern England)

Anonymous said...

Is there any possibity that we could give Saltaire back to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II? Or at least have her assume some of the local real estate tax burden?

jimmy said...

JOH: Hey, NLP:

Was the Earl of Salt related to the Duke of Earl?