Kansas June 06, 2018
These Mines Hiding Deep Below Kansas Are Like A Whole New Underground World
Have you ever wanted to venture underneath Kansas, into a mine that’s safe to explore but still full of wonder? Deep below Kansas, there sits a whole world of rock, salt, and movie props. Movie props? There’s definitely more than meets the eye in this museum underneath Kansas. Let’s head down below and take a look.
27,000 miles of salt deposits lie deep beneath Kansas, and we've been mining it since it was discovered in 1887.
Today, there sits a museum in Hutchinson, Kansas named Strataca that guides you through the mines that are still used to this day.
Descend 650 feet below Kansas and explore this mine deep below the surface for yourself.
What you'll see here at the museum is only a small portion of the mine, and it's the safest place you can explore the history of salt mining in Kansas.
Take a guided tour on The Dark Ride or the Salt Mine Express, two ride-along ways to explore the mine and see what Kansans used to work on every day.
Along the way, you'll see many pieces of equipment that were once commonly used in the mines to move both people and salt back and forth.
View huge chunks of salt, or take home a small piece of your own as a souvenir. There's so much to discover and learn about the lives of the miners and the history of salt mining in Kansas.
If you spot what looks to be a miniature waterfall, look closer. It's salt!
However, many people don't know that the salt mine also is home to Hollywood movie props from all sorts of scenes.
Dorothy, a prop from the movie
Twister probably feels right at home stored in Kansas.
Will you venture deep beneath Kansas' surface at this salt mine in Hutch?
They do have a few rules, however. No children under 4 are permitted in the mines, and you should leave any pocket knives, tobacco products, and hats in the car. Otherwise, have a great time!
A road trip to this salt mine won’t take long, so feel free to use the rest of your time visiting
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