Underground Vaults & Storage isn't your normal warehouse. It's 650 underground, buried beneath the layers of shale and salt that make up the foundation of Hutchinson. The storage area occupies used-up sections of the Hutchinson Salt Co. mine. The storage operation started in 1959, and is valued for its high degree of security — just getting down there requires a ride in a secure elevator — and consistent atmospheric conditions.
Photo by Mark Fagan
Master negatives of classic films, such as "Gone With the Wind," are stored for safe-keeping. The contents are meticulously catalogued, so that their owners easily can locate and retrieve them.