Strataca Salt Mine


Up the road from the wind turbine factory in Hutchinson, Kansas, just before going up over the rail yard, Wendi and I came across the Strataca Salt Mine Museum. I had seen signs for it in McPherson, but it didn’t actually register until I saw the old switcher engine in front of the building (go figure). We looked into going on a mine tour — it’s apparently the only operational salt mine in the US open to the public — but the timing just didn’t work out for us this trip. We’ve added it to our list of places we want to visit.

It was drizzly and wet, and I could taste the salt in the air when I was taking pictures of the engine. I’m sure a lot of it was psychosomatic, but it seemed I could taste salt almost all day afterward.


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