HUTCHINSON - KANSAS

Hutchinson

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Hutchinson

Hutchinson

Hutchinson

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Population 42.000

 

The city of Hutchinson was founded in the year 1871, when Indian Agent C.C. Hutchinson contracted with the Santa Fe Railway to make a town at the railroad's crossing over the Arkansas River. The community was known to be called "Temperance City". Hutchinson was incorporated on August 15, 1872.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Herington through Hutchinson to Pratt. Later, it was extended to Tucumcari, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including Hutchinson.

On January 17, 2001, 143 million cubic feet (4,000,000 m3) of compressed natural gas leaked from the nearby Yaggy storage field. It sank underground, then rose to the surface through old brine, or salt wells making around 15 gas blowholes. An explosion in the downtown area at 10:45 a.m. destroyed 2 businesses and damaged 26 others. An explosion the next day in a mobile-home park took the lives of two people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'This building is not emty'

 

 

Kansas Main Street 25 years


Downtown Hutchinson has a formal agreement with the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Kansas Main Street Program of the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist in the revitalization of the downtown area.  Hutchinson is one of the original Kansas Main Street Cities, becoming a Kansas Main Street City in 1986 and is one of 25 cities in Kansas that are designated as Kansas Main Street Cities.
 

 

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Taft 1908
1908 Crowd to greet president WilliamTaft (1909-1913) during his campaign tour