|Palestine Potash Company on the shore of the Dead Sea |
(c 1937). Note the airplane, upper right corner of picture.
Unlike other areas in the Middle East, large reserves of petroleum and natural gas were never found. While no "black gold" was pumped from beneath the ground, a "white gold" was mined from beneath the water.
|Dead Sea 100-ton barge. View another|
mining picture here
|Dead Sea housing on the northern shore.|
Note how close the buildings are to
the water line (1931). Since then, the
shoreline has receded hundreds of yards.
|Dead Sea dining room and |
security building (1931)
|The remains of the dining room and|
security building today (credit: Michael
|Remains of the housing today (credit:|
The violence of the Arab Revolt (1936-1939) also struck the Dead Sea enterprise. In September 1937 terrorists struck a truck convoy on the way toward Jerusalem. According to the British Mandate report for 1937:
"On the 16th, five trucks belonging to the Palestine Potash convoy were ambushed and destroyed on the Jerusalem-Jericho road and two Arab employees of the company were murdered."
|One of the burned-out trucks|
|Guards at the Palestine Potash Company (1937)|