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Originally incorporated in 1872, Hutchinson serves as the Reno County seat. A law passed by the Kansas Legislature prohibited cattle drives from passing through Reno County, so Hutchinson’s early development was rather quiet compared to the rough and tumble nature of other towns on the Kansas frontier. City founder C.C. Hutchinson was also a Baptist minister, so he imposed strict bans on the possession of liquor in his fledgling town.

Railroad expansion in 1877 helped spur the city’s growth, and the discovery of salt deposits 10 years later further solidified the local economy. Carey Salt was the first salt mine in Reno County and it continues to be in operation, albeit under different ownership.


On average, Hutchinson enjoys 224 days of sunshine each year. High temperatures in July climb to around 93 degrees, with January lows dropping to roughly 19. We receive approximately 29 inches of rainfall annually, and yearly snow accumulation is 14 inches.


Hutchinson Public Schools, USD 308, proudly serves the educational needs of our community. Students can also continue their education at Hutchinson Community College. Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 200-bed facility, provides comprehensive medical care to the residents of Reno County and the surrounding area. Hutchinson Municipal Airport handles local air travel. Be sure to arrive hungry. The Airport Steakhouse has been serving up mouthwatering cuts of Midwestern, corn-fed beef for more than 20 years.



Hutchinson is the proud host of the Kansas State Fair, kicking off the Friday following Labor Day. Our city has been the state fair’s home since its inception in 1913, although several unofficial fairs were held in Reno County in the late 19th century. The 10-day festival features auto races, truck/tractor pulls, a demolition derby, concerts, countless venders and commercial exhibits.

Hutchinson offers many unique attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Delve into the intrigue of the space race at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Its collection of U.S. space artifacts is second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Cosmosphere also boasts the most extensive collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. The Cosmosphere also sponsors educational programs and camps for people of all ages. Discover what lies beneath the surface at Strataca - Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Housed in abandoned mines some 650 feet below the surface, Strataca promises a subterranean adventure with every visit. Navigate dark passages, marvel at ancient geological formations and experience a day in the life of a salt miner.

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