HUTCHINSON, Kansas - The Kansas Underground Salt Museum is getting ready to launch its newest underground attraction to the public.
Giving the public a chance to explore parts of the underground mine that had been restricted until now.
"Watch your step," said David Unruh, Maintenance Supervisor for The Kansas Underground Salt Museum.
It starts with a 90 seconds elevator ride taking you down 650 feet below the earth's surface to experience what's being called The Salt Safari.
"We're going through this area quickly because we got a long way to go," said Myron Marcotte, Mine Specialist.
The underground hiking adventure is part of the Stratca attractions, but it's a different kind of expedition.
"The fence marks the east side of our museum boundaries," said Unruh. "Again through the curtain you go."
A group of 20 hikers got a chance to trek through miles of tunnels exploring the rugged and unimproved areas of the mine.
"We don't want you getting to close to the corners so be sure to stay out," said Marcotte.
Hikers walked through parts of history, just the way it was left and preserved nearly 60 years ago.
"Look off into the distance everybody and shine your lights out there," said Marcotte.
Piles of contaminated salt, dynamite boxes, and trash left behind by hundreds of miners are now considered valuable treasure.
"Any trash you see is considered an artifact," said Gayle Ferrell, Director of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum. "Don't pick up anything."
Mining enthusiasts say a unique piece of the past is just waiting to be discovered and in a short couple of weeks people interested will get a chance to venture off into the dark.
There are some restrictions for the Salt Safari: you have to be at least 18 years old and be physically fit.
For more information please click here or call (620) 662-1425 for cost.
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