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Salt museum opening delayed

June 30, 2006

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The opening of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum has been delayed because of financing problems.

Museum officials have encountered unexpected delays in securing state approval for STAR bond financing, according to Neil Johnson, interim executive director for the Reno County Historical Society, which oversees the museum. He said this week that the 650-foot-deep museum, which was scheduled to open in September, may be ready to open in October.

Hutchinson is located above one of the world's largest underground salt deposits, and salt mining has been a part of the local economy for more than a century. More than 300,000 tons of rock salt is still mined from the 67 miles of caverns under the city.

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