The Carey Salt Mine

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 128 pages
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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."
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Introduction
7
Constructing the Mine
9
The Rail System and the Hoist
17
Mining
27
The Mine Environment and Maintaining the Mine
43
Processing the Salt
55
Getting the Salt to the Consumer
65
Safety
79
Visiting the Mine
93
Other Uses for the Mine
105
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About the author (2008)

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.

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