The Carey Salt Mine

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In 1923, Kansas governor Johnathan Davis traveled to Hutchinson to dedicate Emerson Carey's new rock salt mine whose shaft provided access to an ancient salt bed 650 feet under the earth's surface. The Carey Salt Mine, advertised as "the most modern in the world," served as a companion to Carey's already-existing evaporation plants. Miners used the newest technology to blast and crush the mineral into gravel and haul it to the surface to provide rock salt for livestock, industries, and roads. Throughout the 20th century, thousands visited Carey's mining operations. Ever since the day Governor Davis presided over the opening ceremony, the Carey Salt Mine has served as a landmark for Hutchinson and helped shape its identity as "the Salt City."
ISBN: 9780738561806
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kansas
Series: Images of America
Images: 181
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Barbara C. Ulrich is chief curator at the Reno County Historical Society, the umbrella organization for the Reno County Museum and Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Most of the images in this volume come from the society's own holdings, which include a phenomenal core collection of Carey's institutional archives as well as contributions from individual employees and their families.