Salt Mines

Register of Deeds Preserves Their Documents

Underground Vaults and Storage is a facility in a salt mine where all of the roll filmed copies of our records are kept. From the first recorded document to our present ones, the Riley County Register of Deeds relies on the Underground Vaults and Storage facility. Usually on a monthly basis, our records are microfilmed and carefully inspected before sending them to be stored in the mines.

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Hutchinson Salt Mine
The salt mine is located 650 feet underground in Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County). The storage building covers 26 acres in area, with the mine itself being many times larger. The natural environment of the mine provides controlled year-round temperature and humidity, ideal for the preservation of paper and film. For example, Hollywood uses the mine for the storage of the negatives of everything from the Wizard of Oz to Doogie Howser, M.D.

Private Vaults
Custom designed private storage is available such as the private vault. All records are accessible through the efficient records system used to
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catalog the files. Custom designed private storage is available such as the private vault. All records are accessible through the efficient records system used to catalog the files.Underground storage facilities in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky offer depth protection from natural disaster and theft, as well as naturally cool and dry climates well suited for long term archiving. The salt mine facility in Hutchinson, Kansas is widely regarded as one of the largest and most secure facilities in the world. Buried 650 ft deep within a 400 ft thick salt formation, miles from any flood plains or seismic activity, it is protected from natural disaster. Major metropolitan areas, military installations, and national borders are miles away.

Tram tour
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Please visit the all new and exciting Kansas Underground Salt Museum just opened in 2007. No where else in the Western Hemisphere is there a museum located in a working salt mine. Enjoy a tram ride through the salt mine 650 feet below ground. You can explore varying layers of salt, see a variety of equipment once used to haul the salt and experience total mine darkness at one period during the tour.