August 18, 2010
A piece of Kansas history located hundreds of feet underground is gaining worldwide attention. Soon, millions of people will get the chance to see the salt mine sitting underneath Reno County. It's becoming part of the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," as the show explores the secret underground.
The salt deposit is 275 million years old, and located 650 feet below the Kansas prairie.
"There's just so much about it that is special to us, first of all it's just an incredible environment," said Reno County Historical Society Executive Director Linda Schmitt.
Now the History Channel is sharing with the world, what thousands come to see each year.
"It was kind of mysterious, the whole underground salt thing. We didn't know what it meant, so what better way to find out?" said one visitor, Josh Neugass.
It's an active salt mine, a storage place for records, millions of films, and costumes, and it's an underground museum. Soon, it will become a feature on the History Channel's popular show, "Modern Marvels."
"So many people watch 'Modern Marvels' that I believe we're just going to get a huge audience that doesn't know anything about us yet," said Schmitt.
The History Channel isn't the only one giving national attention to the salt mine. The Discovery Channel has also filmed a few segments there, including an episode of "Dirty Jobs."
"I'll bet 60 to 70% of all the people who visit us here talk about how they saw it on 'Dirty Jobs,'" said Schmitt.
So, museum directors hope bringing film crews hundreds of feet underground, will entice people to see the secret salt mine resting far below the surface.
"There are still many, many people in this area that don't know we're here. And so I'm hoping that this kind of exposure will help them know that we really do exist," said Schmitt.
History Channel film crews could not comment on when the episode will air. KAKE News will continue to keep you updated as more details are finalized.