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Underground Vault?
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deadcarp    Posted 07-06-2004 at 17:25:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read a deal about an old salt mine that's so big you can drive trucks thru it, and there are film archives and the PO stores their stamp collections down there. i think this must be the place, and it's supposed to be near hutchinson kansas. Can anybody fill in some details? :)




ella    Posted 02-11-2006 at 00:09:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes Hutchinson Ks. has many things in storage in the salt mines. They even have living quarters where people can live. The Carey Salt Mines have been there many years. Just look for information on salt mines of Hutchinson Ks to get you started on your search. The fires mentioned in one response were due to gas fields and leaks. This happened in 2001 and destroyed businesses downtown and mobiles homes in a mobile home park in which a man and his wife were killed. There were many fires around town for a while.


Kens640    Posted 07-09-2004 at 00:03:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Close by me in Grove City , Pa. there's a very large salt mine that goes underground for miles . It's use by several security companies that store bank records & high security stuff . No one enters without proper authority . Armed guards secure it 24/7 . I heard that one area in there is used for storing boats, campers & antique vehicles . People are searched going in & out . Ken C


Kansan    Posted 07-07-2004 at 13:47:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
They store a lot of propane/natural gas in the old salt mines by Hutchinson. Not long ago some of the gas surfaced and caused random, unexpected explosions!


Danny in CO    Posted 07-07-2004 at 13:19:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lived about 40 miles from Hutchinson, KS when I was in the 5th and 6th grades. This was back in the late 50s/early 60s. We took a school trip to the salt mines in Hutchinson. It was very interesting.

Danny


deadcarp    Posted 07-07-2004 at 07:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're looking at a national treasure here folks. If we HAVE all these holes, it begs the question : "Aren't the owners aware of the impact of tourist revenues?" Jumpin gee, seems to me 8 million dollars annually could easily be doubled if they offered a tour down there! If you had 2500 visitors a day at $10 a head, the gate charge alone could darn near make that. Ask disneyland. And schools are crying for new ways to expand kids' imaginations --- :)


GunNut    Posted 07-06-2004 at 21:05:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a website that tells a little about the Hutch salt mine and repository.
http://www.morningsun.net/stories/031200/kan_0312000019.shtml


BOSS    Posted 07-06-2004 at 19:24:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check out Grand Rapids Gypsum mines


TimV    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:56:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Syracuse, NY also has huge underground salt caverns. A friend hauls salt out of there in the winter when dumptruck work is slow, and says that it's unbelievable how large they are.


Wil    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:45:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clayton IA has huge underground mine that was a Silica Sand mine that is now used to store corn, beans, fertilizer and coal in along with other items. It is 50 degrees in there year around with little humidity. It looks exactly like this. You drive your semi in one hole and follow the routes until you get where you are supposed to be and then follow the exit route out and come out another hole. They have huge dump trucks that are a little smaller than the ones you see in open pit mining that they are constantly running in and out of it hauling products. Could easily get lost in it. Forget how many 100's of acres are under ground but it is huge.
Wil


didn't know    Posted 07-06-2004 at 19:00:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clayton Ia was still on the map. used to go through it in the 50s, always figured the mississippi would wash it away cause it is so close to it. Grandfolks were all from that country, beautiful place very scenic.
REt


Wil    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clayton IA has huge underground mine that was a Silica Sand mine that is now used to store corn, beans, fertilizer and coal in along with other items. It is 50 degrees in there year around with little humidity. It looks exactly like this. You drive your semi in one hole and follow the routes until you get where you are supposed to be and then follow the exit route out and come out another hole. They have huge dump trucks that are a little smaller than the ones you see in open pit mining that they are constantly running in and out of it hauling products. Could easily get lost in it. Forget how many 100's of acres are under ground but it is huge.
Wil


JDK    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Several such sites in US and worldwide used for government or civilian storage uses.Constant temp and in place ventilation systems make them them ideal.Majority are ex salt or limestone mines.I recall a story of one in south central US where folks were rennovating one into a full underground city of thousands,Several pop up on webseach like below


Sid    Posted 07-06-2004 at 18:33:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is am underground facility at Carthage Mo that is like that. I have never been in it but truck drivers say it is just like a regular business complex of warehouses. It is mostly refridegerated srorage. I understand ytou can put a few miles on your truck down there. It is an abondoned mine but I do not think it was a salt mine. I think they mined marble.


fredo.    Posted 07-06-2004 at 17:41:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
maybe detroit, big undergroud chambers where they mined salt
fredo.


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