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Strataca to be closed June 29-July 4

Posted on June 26th, 2017

Museum Attraction to be closed to the public for equipment maintenance. HUTCHINSON, Kan. – June 26, 2017 – Strataca announced today that the facility will be temporarily closed for preventative equipment maintenance beginning Thursday, June 29. The museum is expected to reopen on Wednesday, July 5. “It is unfortunate we will have to close for … Read More

In Memory of Patsy Terrell

Posted on June 8th, 2017

The Reno County Historical Society, comprised of the Reno County Museum and Strataca – Kansas Underground Salt Museum, wishes to express their profound sadness at the recent loss of Patsy Terrell. Patsy was a wonderful friend and supporter of the Historical Society. She played an integral part in the launch of Strataca’s social media profile … Read More

What It Takes to Get Ready for the 5K

Posted on March 1st, 2017

By Myron Marcotte, Mine Specialist Strataca   The day after the 2016 Mine Run I started thinking of how I could improve the next run. By far, one of the most helpful resources I had were runner comments that Strataca Volunteer Francis Habiger took in the Event Center. The comments ranged from “light all the … Read More

A Strataca Visit

Posted on August 12th, 2016

    We love this letter from Jay, Rhoda, David and Bryan who visiting Strataca in June. Thanks so much for your visit and for your letter! Should we find ourselves headed your way, we’ll be sure and drop in to Stauffers of Kissel Hill. We hope to see you again!

Who Killed the 80s – Murder in the Mine

Posted on July 20th, 2016

Murder in the Mine is scheduled for Aug. 27.   It’s that totally awesome time again. The kids of Sherman High are getting ready for the big dance. When the Dean turns up dead, it’s up to everyone to put down their Ataris, get in touch with their inner MacGyver, and save the day. So grab … Read More

Lloyd Lightner Ghost Story

Posted on June 23rd, 2016

by Myron Marcotte I have told this story many times about a ghost in the mine named Lloyd. Lloyd was a beloved miner who worked underground from about 1962 until his death from disease in 2001. He was the kind of guy you liked to be around, always fun-loving, playful, and to a new miner … Read More

Tour Car

Posted on May 24th, 2016

This wooden car was built for tours, but it’s unclear if it was ever used. This is just one of the many artifacts you’ll be able to see underground. In 1952 nearly 9,000 people toured the mine. It became difficult for miners to get their work done so they went to a system of making … Read More

Strataca is Hiring

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Work at the coolest place in town! Strataca is hiring seasonal, part-time help. Docents – they give the Dark Ride tours to visitors.  Must be able to memorize 30 minute script. Facility Assistant – housekeepers of the museum both topside and underground. Ticket Clerks – multi-tasker with computer skills and friendly phone etiquette. Hours are … Read More

Engineering Marvel

Posted on March 28th, 2016

So many things about Strataca are engineering marvels, it’s difficult to pick out just one thing. But, something visitors experience every day that are truly amazing feats of engineering are the underground restrooms. These may be the most unusual restrooms you’ll ever see. The walls show the marks from mining the salt. Restrooms were one of the challenges of … Read More

Mine Run 5K a Huge Success

Posted on March 4th, 2016

The first Mine Run 5K was on February 20 and it was spectacular! Even Runner’s World thought so! These folks drove 20 hours from Canada to make history by running 650 feet underground, then were driving another 20 hours back to be at work on Monday morning! Willie Rolo made a video of his experience … Read More

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Strataca is open 9 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sundays, and closed Mondays. The last tour is at 3