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 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.