We’re in Hutchinson….OK, so it’s Hutchinson, KANSAS. We won’t be to Hutchinson, MINNESOTA, until next week.
Here, we stopped to visit the Underground Salt Museum So cool! You take the 90-second double-deck hoist (elevator-like ride) down 650 feet to the mined out salt caverns below. Here is where the museum is.
After looking through the museum and the gift shop, we rode a small gauge train through some of the huge chambers, and then a tram ride through more chambers where we saw old mining equipment and items left from miners who worked there in the 1920’s. The salt is still being mined today, but we could not see the active part. This is not your table salt that comes from this mine, but rather it’s where the road salt comes from.
And, because of its unique location, tremendous security, and away from earthquake zones, impervious to weather and pests, and it’s naturally cool, dry, stable environment it is perfect for underground vaults and storage. They have over three million feet of storage space available.
Movies and props are stored here too.
- Gasoline Expense: $100 @ $3.49
- Camping Expense: none