The Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson is a tribute to the salt roots of the city. The museum is underground, and provides a more realistic and fun trip into history. The museum offers a unique opportunity for people to enter a real mine and have a feel for what it would be like under there as a worker. Salt is still visible on the walls and guests can handle salt in crates. Visitors can scour predesignated areas from loose salt, which can become a souvenir. It is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience that delights curious kids and adults.
Dark but Interesting
During World War II, there was a labor shortage in the United States due to the mandatory draft of American men for war. As one method of battling this problem, prisoners of war became part forced labor. Kansas was not the only state, but was one of a number of states in the Midwest that used this kind of labor. The labor work varied based on the need, with most work standard manual labor where unskilled workers was necessary. While this is unheard of today, it provides an interesting look into the differences of today and yesterday.