Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 25, 1977 · Page 24
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21 UKhKLKY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Wed., May !5,1977 GOING DOWN TO WORK -- Descending by elevator through 78 feet of soil, below a dry Kansas wheat field near Hutchinson is the world's largest un- 247 feet of rock and 325 feet of salt to the Hutchinson salt mines, an employe of derground warehouse - 50 million cubic feet of space lined with solid rock salt. Underground Vaults and Storage begins her quarter mile walk to work. Located (AP Wirephoto) MARKS OF THE PAST--Drill holes from early mining days remain on the rocky salt walls of John Schul's UVS executive offices. The Carey Salt Co: mined the salt vein for more than 50 years. When they abandoned the vaults a group of businessmen headed by Schul, took over the operation for records storage. (AP Wirephoto) Salt mine filled with history . HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) John Schul toils in a salt mine and likes it. But Schul does not mine salt. He is president of Underground Vaults and Storage Inc., which has converted a salt mine near Hutchinson into a maximum-security depository for valuable records. Stored there are everything from Swiss bank documents to prints of the movie "My Fair Lady" to the corporate records of Pizza Hut Inc. The Carey Salt Co. dug the mine in the 19th century and for 50 years worked a 325-foot vein of rock salt left over from an age in which Kansas was covered by an inland, sea. But the salt ran out and the miners left. Today, the mine contains history. The State of Kansas stores all its original birth and death cer- tificates there. Cities whose records are in the UVS vaults include Los Angeles, Houston and Minneapolis. Twelve of the top 50 corporations on the "Fortune 500" list place their archives among the eerie, crypt-like bays of the old mine. "Security in Depth," boasts UVS of its facility 650-feet be- ·low the plains of Kansas. A small, lonely looking building is the entrance to the vaults. Visitors--and there are few--must pass a security check to enter the. structure. Then they take an elevator down the shaft into the mine. Executive offices below .the surface are plush. But to get to the vaults, employes walk a quarter mile through the shaft, still lined with rock-carrying rail cars marked "CSC." Air-conditioning equipment combines with the salt walls to keep the temperature at a uni- form 68 degrees year round. Company officials say the mine is too deep for mice or vermin that could get into the records. Actually, UVS will store anything that is not flammable or illegal. Contents range from the mundane to the exotic. A woman has stored her wedding dress in the mine in hope that some day it will be worn by her daughter. The American Bible Society has deposited two copies of every Bible it has ever had printed in some 1,700 languages. Northrup-KingSeed Co. stores seed samples in case of agricultural disaster. Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer stores copies of all its old movies and related material. Deanne Drach, marketing manager for national accounts, ,says the company recently had to search through 30 cans of film'to retrieve a Jessica Walters screen test for MGM. OLD1ES-BUT-GOODIES -- Some of the films from the world of Hollywood these vast warehouses. The suggestion got no further than proposals to store are saved among these corridors. One film firm suggested a thriller be shot in atomic wastes and pools of oil. (AP Wirephoto) «a^rr^':^^ s%«V$sr. . . . · · : . " v .·*"»··.'£ -y .,- ·?%*:« ··^·*£«=J»H! pprSi^**,.- VV -sV*i-f^^A?«fe STORING HISTORY-- Underground bays Los Angeles County can be found stored in the are 10 feet tall, 50 feet wide and 300 feet deep, vaults of this old mine. (AP Wirephoto) Anything from silver dollars to the records of Story and photos by Associated Press ·CATS' CRADLE--The Underground Vaults and Storage employe working the files of Caterpillar Tractor Co., has a hat given him by "Cat" officials, whose business dealing 1 ) are filed in this room. (AP Wirephoto)

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