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Where underground activities are only limited by your imagination.






The Permian Wellington Formation is one of the largest in the world, and the purest portion of the salt vein is 650 feet underground and is still mined from the Hutchinson Salt Member today.

Salt Discovery

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 Salt was discovered southwest of Hutchinson in 1887, representing the first significant salt discovery west of the Mississippi. The original salt discovery site is open to the public in the city of South Hutchinson.


Carey Salt Mine


The Carey Salt Mine opened in 1923 and remains the only rock salt mine in Reno County. Today it is known as the Hutchinson Salt Company and the original salt mine shaft just northwest of Strataca is still used by the miners today.

Kansas Underground Salt Museum
(now known as Strataca) 


The effort to bring Strataca to the public began in 1999, and required the cooperation of the Reno County Historical Society, the Hutchinson Salt Company, and Underground Vaults and Storage. Together, they raised money and pooled resources, culminating in the establishment of Strataca and it’s attractions.

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The Strataca 5K Mine Run is held each year in February. The run is held in the mine, 650’ below ground where it is always 68 degrees. The maze-like course takes you through raw parts of the mine where you pass by old mining relics such as explosives boxes and old mining equipment.  The first part of the run is lit but the vast majority of the run requires participants to light their way with flashlights. Runners are required to wear biking helmets.


Tour de Salt is a bucket list event. Imagine riding your bike 650 feet below the earth’s surface, where it is always 68 degrees and always dark. The Adventure begins Sunday, October, 13, 2019. Reserve your spot now before it fills up. Go To

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Join us for an evening of great food and lots of fun for one of our most popular events, Murder in the Mine.  You will be engaged and entertained throughout the evening as the mystery unfolds.  Strataca holds three dinner theaters each year in April, August and December.

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Host your next big event in style 650 feet below the surface of the earth! Our Event Center is a unique and “cool” place to host an evening company party, business meeting, professional conference, wedding reception, and more!

Capacity is 250 guests, who must be at least 4 years old due to mine safety regulations. A recently completed restroom complex provides modern conveniences right outside the event room, and WiFi is available for those who need (or want) to stay in touch with the topside world.

Rental fee is $600, or $21.50 per person, whichever is greater, with a 4 hour time limit ending no later than 10 pm.  Additional time is available for an additional fee. Rental includes 8 chairs at round tables, rectangle serving tables, setup, and cleanup. Guests may tour the Galleries and shop in the Salt Cellar gift shop.

Table linens are available in white or black for $5.00 per table. Optional cloth napkins in a variety of colors are available for 20 cents each.

Daytime events held underground must end prior to Strataca closing time. Available dates are subject to normal visitor attendance and safety equipment needs.

(620) 662-1425