Nebraska's Potash Industry

ALLIANCE, Neb.- Taryn Vanderford is learning more about the potash industry in western Nebraska. East of Alliance, there were 5 potash plants built in the early 1900's. They were the American, the National, the Nebraska, the Western, and the Alliance potash plants.

The potash was taken from area lakes, and extracted at these plants. Then the potash was used for fertilizer for the cotton fields of the South. World War I allowed the potash industry to boom around Antioch, Nebraska. But it was short-lived because when the war was over, the U.S. could again get potash from Germany and that caused the local industry to collapse.

Taryn is learning more about this industry, and you can learn more about it during a visit to the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance.