• Informational plaques now mark the site of the original salt well in South Hutchinson.

Still better

Friday, September 30, 1887

The reports in the NEWS of the last two days concerning the rich developments in the experimental well in South Hutchinson had the effect of attracting hundreds of curious people to the scene of operations yesterday, but nearly all were positively refused admittance to the enclosure in which the important work is being done. This refusal on the part of the operators was the subject of much adverse comment, and some were so skeptical as to doubt the genuineness of the reports on that account.

But the very presence of the crowd at the well was the best answer to these comments. Had not the workmen been protected by the enclosure it would have been impossible for them to go ahead with the work. They tried free admission for awhile, and the result was such a jam around the machinery that a reform had to be commenced.

When the drill was brought up at six o'clock last evening, a depth of a little over five hundred feet had been reached, and a total thickness of over fifty feet of pure rock salt had been passed through, the third vein struck during the day being about twenty feet in thickness.

Specimens of the salt were brought over to the city, and the doubting Thomases had an opportunity to see proof of the truthfulness of the reports. Experts pronounced the product as being of the finest quality and capable of refining to an equality with the best table salt produced anywhere. The drill will be sent to determine whether coal or gas underlies this vast salt deposit, but it is already assured that a great salt mine will be opened and operated, no matter what the results as to more valuable deposits may be.

Because the proprietors have not seen fit to noise their discovery around the Streets, many have failed to realize the importance of the find. They will appreciate it more when they see hundreds of men at work in the mines.